Lodgepole Pine is common from shores to inland Mountain slopes in western North America. A few different subspecies exist depending on the habitat, (P. latifolia) being the most common for timber. The tree is tall and narrow in shape within the forest, or more widespread in open areas. With a relatively fast growth rate, it can establish open sites with unfavorable conditions and poor soil. Needles are generally bushy with sharp-tipped cones.
Botanical Name: Pinus contorta Other Names: Black Pine, Coast Pine, Scrub Pine Family: PinaceaeEco benefits: medicinal Natural habitat: barren or disturbed ground, mountains, inner forests, hillsides & uplands, rocky slopes Shapes: conical, single trunk, upright Height: 70-80ft Growth rate: fast Unique attractions: winter interest Common uses: reforestation, naturalized plantings Light: full sun Soil: moist and fertile, well drained, tolerates heavy clay, drought tolerant, dry