Lodgepole Pine


Native to Alberta, has soft green needles which turn a chartreuse color in the winter. This is Alberta’s official plant. Great for privacy, shelterbelts, windbreaks and screening. Other commons names are Rocky Mountain lodgepole pine, shore pine, twisted pine, Sierra pine, Bolander pine, and contorta pine. Is a fire-dependent species, requiring wildfires to maintain healthy populations of diverse ages. The bark of the lodgepole pine is fairly thin, minimizing its defense to fire; however, the heat of fire opens the cones to release the seeds. This allows the species to regenerate and maintain its place in the forest habitat. Evergreen, Conifer, Coniferous.