Lodgepole Pine (Pinus contorta)
[ Trees > Conifers > Pines . . . ] Forest Type: Multiple
by Michael Kuo
Note: Described below is Pinus contorta var. latifolia, the Rocky Mountain variety. Pinus contorta var. contorta is a stunted but otherwise similar tree of Pacific Coast shorelines; Pinus contorta var. murrayana grows inland from the Pacific Coast, at higher elevations.
Habitat: In pure stands or mixed with other trees; 6,000 to 11,000 feet; various soil types.
Stature: 70-80 feet high; to 2 feet in diameter; tall and straight, with a narrow crown.
Needles: In bundles of 2; 1-3 inches long; yellow-green; often twisted.
Bark: Thin; orangish brown to nearly black; scaly.
Cones: 1-2 inches long; not symmetrical; scales not developing or separating evenly; basal scales stout, with a long prickle; often remaining closed on the branch for years.
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Kuo, M. (2008, January). Lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta). Retrieved from the MushroomExpert.Com Web site: http://www.mushroomexpert.com/trees/pinus_contorta.html