Pinus x russellae is the (theoretical) naturally occurring hybrid of the longleaf pine (Pinus palustris) and the shortleaf pine (Pinus echinata).

The “Russell Pines,” which exhibit both longleaf and shortleaf physical characteristics, are available for study by interested geneticists at the Russell-Fritz Westernmost Longleaf Pine Preserve, located on the Greater Holy Trinity Wilderness Cathedral in San Jacinto County, Texas.

The 131 acre preserve is a remnant of the only documented stand of longleaf pines west of the Trinity River.

George H. Russell, an outspoken opponent of the death penalty, is a resident of Huntsville, Texas, known worldwide as “The City of Death.”

He is founder of The Patriot Network, and author of its 35+ web-sites located at, as well as founder of The Universal Ethician Church, an interfaith ministry with a worldwide following via the church’s 275+ web sites located at

Russell, 57, is an educational video producer, environmental activist, historic preservation specialist, photographer, art and antique collector, philanthropist, American patriot and ethician.

Additional biographical information may be found in "Who’s Who in America," through Internet searches, and in other publications. Images of Mr. Russell suitable for downloading for publication may be found at

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