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LODGEPOLE PINE - Pinus contorta

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Copyright:Al Schneider. Southwest Colorado Wildflowers, www.swcoloradowildflowers.com
Copyright:Al Schneider. Southwest Colorado Wildflowers, www.swcoloradowildflowers.com
Copyright:Al Schneider. Southwest Colorado Wildflowers, www.swcoloradowildflowers.com
Copyright:Al Schneider. Southwest Colorado Wildflowers, www.swcoloradowildflowers.com

IDENTIFICATION
Common Name: LODGEPOLE PINE
Meaning: refers to the use by Native Americans of the slender trunks as poles for their conical tents or teepees.
Other Common Names: beach pine
Scientific Name: Pinus contorta
Family: Pine - Pinaceae
Species Characteristics: needles in bundles of 2; cone scales bristle-tipped; cones persistent for several years after maturity; needle in cross-section with two vascular bundles.
Mature Height: to 100 feet.
Flower Structure: flowers unisexual and monecious (male and female flowers on same plant).
Fruit Type: cone (seed bearing structure in conifers).
Leaf Type: needle
ECOLOGY
Origin: native
Growth Form: tree
Class: gymnosperm (plant with naked seed as in conifers).
Season of Bloom: late spring (May).
Life Zone: montane/subalpine.
Habitat: burned areas and dry slopes at 6,000 to 11,000 feet elevation.
Eco. Relationships: one of the most widely distributed New World pines and the only conifer native in both Alaska and Mexico: larval host and/or nectar source for the Western Pine Elfin (Callophrys eryphon);

WEED MANAGEMENT

LANDSCAPING
Landscaping Use: woodland, canopy, fast growing and tolerates salt spray high winds and sterile dune soils.
Moisture Requirement: moderate
Light Requirement: full sun.
Soil Requirement: well-drained, dry, rocky.

HUMAN CONNECTIONS

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