Lodge Pole Pine

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.

The Appearance

A tall, slender evergreen conifer with long, slender needles and small, ovoid cones. It has a narrow, conical shape and a straight trunk.


The 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 Flowers

Produces small, yellowish flowers in spring, followed by small, ovoid cones.


The Leaves

These needles are slender and slightly twisted, featuring a dark green colour.


The Bark

The bark is thin, scaly, and grayish-brown.


The Habitat

Prefers well-drained soils and full sun. Commonly found in mountainous regions and forests.


The Ecology

Provides habitat and food for various wildlife, including birds and mammals. The seeds are eaten by birds and small mammals.


The Culture

Valued for its timber, which is used in construction and paper production. Often planted for reforestation.


Fun Facts

The Lodge Pole Pine is named for its historical use by Native Americans for making lodge poles.

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