About This Plant

The lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta) is a tall evergreen tree native to western North America, known for its straight trunk ideal for lodge construction. It has slender needles, small cones, and is vital in forest ecosystems, providing habitat and food for wildlife. Lodgepole pine wood is versatile, used in construction and furniture making. These trees also adapt to fire-prone areas, with cones needing fire heat to release seeds for regeneration.

The Story

Leaf

The Lodgepole Pine leaves are needle-like and bundled in pairs, measuring about 1 to 3 inches in length. These needles are slender and slightly twisted, featuring a dark green colour. The needles persist on the branches for several years before shedding, contributing to the evergreen nature of the Lodgepole Pine.

Produce

The Lodgepole Pine produces oval-shaped pinecones that measure about 1.5 to 3 inches in length. These cones typically have a brown colour and a woody texture. The scales on the cones are armed with a small, sharp prickle, which is a distinguishing feature of Lodgepole Pine cones. The seeds within the cones are small and winged, aiding in their dispersal by the wind.
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