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Lodgepole PinePinus contorta var. latifolia

  • Lodgepole Pine - Pinus contorta v. latifolia
  • Lodgepole Pine - Pinus contorta v. latifolia

This handsome native pine gets its name from the long, slender pole-like trunk it develops. The narrow, cone-shaped crown is made up of yellowish-green to dark green needles that are twisted in bundles of two.

While its native range is western North America, the lodgepole pine is common in European gardens because of its exceptionally striking appearance.


Hardiness Zones

The lodgepole pine can be expected to grow in Hardiness Zones 4–8. View Map

Tree Type

This is an evergreen tree, keeping its foliage year-round.

Mature Size

The lodgepole pine grows to a height of 70–80' and a spread of around 20' at maturity.

Growth Speed Slow to Medium Growth Rate

This tree grows at a slow to medium rate, with height increases of anywhere from less than 12" to 24" per year.

Sun Preference

Full sun and partial shade are best for this tree, meaning it prefers a minimum of 4 hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.

Soil Preference

The lodgepole pine grows in acidic, loamy, moist, rich, sandy, silty loam, well-drained and clay soils.

Attributes

This tree:
  • Adapts to a variety of soil types.
  • Can be quite ornamental when young.
  • Has a long, slender, pole-like trunk.
  • Features yellowish-green to dark green needles that are twisted in bundles of 2.
  • Produces 1½" cones that remain mostly unopened and attached to the tree for years.
  • Begins to bear cones early, from 6–10 years of age.
  • Develops flaky, thin bark that is orange-brown to gray or black.
  • Grows in a rounded shape.

History/Lore

It is also known as the black pine.