Hansen's Northwest Native Plant Database

Pinus contorta var. contorta (Shore Pine)



 Plantae Plants


 Tracheobionta Vascular plants


 Spermatophyta Seed plants


 Coniferophyta Conifers






 Pinaceae Pine family


 Pinus L. pine


 Pinus contorta Douglas ex Louden lodgepole pine


 Pinus contorta Douglas ex Louden var. contorta beach pine

This fast growing, two-needle yellow pine is closely related to Lodgepole Pine.

Native to the west coast, including the San Juan Islands and the Oregon coast, Shore pine is hardy in USDA zones 5 -10. Highly tolerant of poor soils and saline conditions, it occurs in the wild on sandy bluffs along the seashore and also in peat bogs at higher elevations, where it  becomes a natural bonsai.

The short, dark green needles are 1-2 long and curve slightly while the cones are - 2.

Usually a small tree, it can reach heights of 50 with intricate branching forms.

It is fantastic in a small garden or as a hedge. A quick way to establish a native garden framework from bare ground is to plant a variety of small to large Shore pines.

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