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The Flora of Mount Shasta

Lodgepole Pine

Pine Family (Pinaceae) Pinus contorta ssp. murrayana
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Lodgepole Pine © 2001 Ken and Leona Beatty

Growth Form: Ususally a medium to tall, slender. Tree with a straight trunk

Spray and Cones of Lodgepole Pine © 2001 Ken and Leona Beatty

Leaves: 2 needles per bundle, 1 1/4" to 2 3/4" , somewhat flattened and often twisted. Leaves persist 4 to 8 years.

Bark: Thin, scaly ("cornflake"), brown to gray in color.

Cones: About 2", globular; may remain on the tree for a few years after releasing seed. End of cone scale is armed with a prickle.

Found: Moist sites in the Klamath, Cascade, Sierra Nevada and Rocky Mountain ranges in the higher cooler elevations.

Tidbits: Poles for corrals, fences, cabins, railroad ties, firewood, pulpwood.


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