Lodgepole Pine


Pinus contorta, also known as Lodgepole Pine and Shore Pine, is a pine native to western North America. It is found in high frequencies near the ocean shore and dry montane forests to the sub-alpine but rare in lowland temperate rainforests. It can be found in southern California, the Rocky and Sierra Nevada Mountains, the Cascades, inland British Columbia, and through to Alaska and Alberta, except where the elevation is too high and dry. It is widely cultivated for its fast growth, ornamental value, and numerous other uses, including as a source of wood for lumber and paper.

The tree can grow up to 30 to 40 metres tall with a 4 to 6-metre spread, a slender, upright growth habit and a scaly, reddish-brown bark. The needles are typically 5-8 cm long and are arranged in bundles of two.

Pinus contorta prefers well-drained soils that are rich in organic matter, but it is also tolerant of a wide range of soils, including sandy and clay soils. The tree prefers full sun and is relatively drought-tolerant once established. The preferred pH range is slightly acidic to neutral, between 5.0 and 7.5.

When planting Pinus contorta, it is essential to give it plenty of room to grow due to its potential height and spread. It is also necessary to ensure that the soil is well-prepared and that the tree is planted at the same depth as in the container. After planting, it is vital to water the tree well and provide it with adequate moisture until it is established.

The tree is known for its shallow root system, so care should be taken when planting near buildings or other structures to avoid damage.

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