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The Pine, Lodgepole, Pinus contorta v. latifolia, is a species that grows throughout the west, as far north as the Yukon and south to Baja California!
It ranges east to the Black Hills of South Dakota and west all the way to the Pacific Ocean. Lodgepole Pine has a long, slender, pole-like trunk with a short, narrow, cone shaped crown, or it can remain small with broad, rounded crown.
Its name refers to the use by American Indians of the slender trunks as poles for their conical tents or tepees. Lodgepole pine trees vary in growth rate, depending upon location. The bark is thin, making it susceptible to damage from surface fires. Because its cones release their seeds in the presence of heat, the Lodgepole pine regenerates following a fire!
Known as Black Pine, it can be quite ornamental when young and is valuable to wildlife. Lodgepole pine does best in full to light shade and adapts to a variety of soil types. It achieves its best growth on gentle slopes and in basins with well-drained, slightly acidic, sandy or graveling loam.
Lodgepole Pine is important to local communities throughout the West and is used for framing, paneling, railroad ties, corral poles, and utility poles.
* Slender trunk
|Family||Pinus contorta v. latifolia|
|Mature Height||70 to 80 feet|
|Mature Spread||20 to 25 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun to Partial Shade|