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PlantFiles: Lodgepole Pine, Shore Pine, Coast Pine, Beach Pine
Pinus contorta

Family: Pinaceae (py-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Pinus (PY-nus) (Info)
Species: contorta (kon-TOR-tuh) (Info)

Synonym:Pinus contorta var. contorta

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over 40 ft. (12 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

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Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

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Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is resistant to deer

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive lehua_mc On May 9, 2010, lehua_mc from Portland, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

While one common name for them may be Lodgepole, in most gardens around Portland the species name of contorta makes a lot more sense. They twist, bend and lean even in sheltered city gardens, making great focal points. Mine is probably original to the house, so 50-60 years old, lightly wider than it is tall, 10 to 14 feet. Thankfully I'm not allergic to the pollen since I disturb great clouds of it when mowing!

Neutral palmbob On Aug 12, 2009, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

often called Lodgepole pines since form large monogeneric colonies of amazingly straight up and down trees with little diameter change from top to bottom. Needles are in pairs.

This species of pine seems to be the first choice for some bark beetles, such as the Mountain Pine Beetle, Dendroctonus ponderosae... bores into the trees leaving toothpick-diameter holes, often with sap pouring out, and sets up shop in the sensitive phloem layer, laying eggs and allowing bluestain fungi to attack the tree.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Flagstaff, Arizona
Grants Pass, Oregon
Portland, Oregon
Langley, Washington
Seattle, Washington

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