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Plant Name:

Lodgepole Pine

Scientific Name:

Pinus contorta


Lodgepole Pine is a tall evergreen coniferous tree with straight, slender trunks and small, narrow needles. It is known for its cones that remain tightly closed until exposed to high temperatures.


Rocky mountains, subalpine forests, mountain slopes


Lodgepole Pine provides habitat and food for a variety of wildlife species, including birds, small mammals, and insects. It is an important species for reforestation efforts after wildfires.

Growing Conditions:

Lodgepole Pine prefers well-drained soils and full sun.


Lodgepole Pine is commonly used for timber, including poles and logs for construction. It is also used in paper production and as a Christmas tree.

(please exercise caution and consult additional sources or experts before consuming any vegetation):


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Fun Facts:

Lodgepole Pine forests are adapted to fire, and the trees have serotinous cones that release seeds after a fire. It is the state tree of Montana.

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