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The Pinus contorta var. contorta is pine is our only native two-needled pine. In exposed areas near the Pacific coast, it grows 15-50 feet tall, often with a crooked trunk, bushy form, and windblown crown. Slightly further inland, it can have a similar form, or grow as a straight tree to a height of 100 feet with an irregular crown and is more familiar to us as the lodge pole pine. Needles are deep green, stiff, sharp-pointed, one to three inches long, and paired. Cones are numerous, small (one to two inches long), egg-shaped, usually covered with sharp prickles. Deer resistant.
A highly-adaptable species found in saturated to excessively well-drained soils. Occurs along the coast and on lowlands, especially on marshy or gravelly sites where Douglas-fir and western hemlock can't grow well enough to exclude it. Also found in sphagnum bogs in some areas of Western Washington. Tolerant of low-nutrient soils. Prefers full sun.
Pine nuts from the cone are a favorite of squirrels and songbirds. The tree is a favorite among Bonsai enthusiasts. Can be used for timber.