Lodgepole Pine

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Lodgepole Pine – Pinus contorta

General: Very straight, tall tree. The top of the tree is more rounded than a spruce and the body of the tree has more gaps or spaces between branches.

Leaves: Needles are in pairs, arranged all around the twig like a round brush. Usually much longer than spruce needles, the length of a pinkie finger or more.

Cones: About the size of an egg. Much harder than a spruce cone, pine cones have a hook-like curve at the tip (end not attached to the tree) and a honeycomb-type pattern with a prickle in the middle.

Reclamation Notes: Found on a wide range of soils (very gravelly-sandy to silty clay loam) but usually coarse textured parent materials and very well-drained sites. Most drought tolerant of the native conifers. Lodgepole pine will tolerate some shade but has evolved requiring high temperatures (wildfire / full sunlight) to open the cones for seed dispersal. Lots of documented success in the forest industry regenerating Pine from seedlings.

 

Lodgepole Pine Cone                 Lodgepole Pine Regeneration after Wildfire

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