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Pinus contorta

Pine, Lodgepole

Pinaceae - Pine

Description

Leaves: Needles in groups of 2; 1" to 3" long; yellow-green; stout; evergreen, remain on tree 4-6 years.

Twigs/buds: Twigs stout; orange-brown to black when older.  Buds about 1/4" long; covered with resin; dark brown.

Flowers/fruit: Monoecious.  Fruit a woody cone; very short to no stalk; 3/4" to 2" long; oval; brown turning gray; each scale tipped with a prickle; cones often stay on trees and remain tightly closed for many years (such cones are called serotinous).

Bark: Orange-brown to gray; thin, even on older trees; scaly.

Wood: Moderately important; sapwood thick; heartwood light brown; used for lumber, posts, poles, and railroad ties.

General: Native to higher elevations in northern Utah and throughout the West and western Canada.  Lodgepole pine in Utah sometimes is called Pinus contorta var. latifolia.  Normal growth rate is relatively slow.  Grows in dense, single-species stands formed when it seeds-in heavily after fires.  Fairly drought resistant.  Shade intolerant.

Landscape Use: Rarely planted in the landscape.  Could be used occasionally where a natural, less manicured appearance is desired.  Zones 2-6.

Characteristics

General

Family:
Pinaceae - Pine
Cultivar Availability:
No
Hardiness Zone:
2-6
Type:
Conifer
Utah Native:
Yes

Growth

Growth Rate:
Medium
Mature Height:
High
Longevity:
High
Is Good Under Power Lines:
No
Crown Shape:
Pyramidal

Ornamental

Bark:
No
Fall Color:
No
Flowers:
No
Foliage:
No
Fruit:
No

Tolerence

Shade:
Low
Salt:
Medium
Drought:
High
Poor Drainage:
Low
Alkalinity:
Medium
Transplanting:
Medium