Hansen's Northwest Native Plant Database


Pinus contorta var. latifolia (Lodgepole Pine)

 

Kingdom

 Plantae Plants

Subkingdom

 Tracheobionta Vascular plants

Superdivision

 Spermatophyta Seed plants

Division

 Coniferophyta Conifers

Class

 Pinopsida

Order

 Pinales

Family

 Pinaceae Pine family

Genus

 Pinus L. pine

Species

 Pinus contorta Douglas ex Louden lodgepole pine

Variety

 Pinus contorta Douglas ex Louden var. latifolia Engelm. ex S. Watson lodgepole pine

This graceful tree is a tall and slender, two-needle, yellow pine, with very little taper and grows quickly to reach heights of 75.

Native to the interior, this tree is found as far north as the Yukon, throughout the Rocky Mountains and west to the Cascades between USDA zones 5 - 10. In Oregon, this tree grows on recent volcanic deposits.

The yellow-green needles grow in pairs and are 1-3.

They contrast well with the reddish brown bark.

Lodgepole Pine is a great tree for group plantings, but equally valuable as a bonsai specimen or ornamental.

Native bands used the straight poles for their lodges, hence the name.

              

   
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