Pinus contorta • Shore Pine

Pinus • Pine • マツ 松 • matsu

It lives right after the entrance to the Garden, on the left side of the path, in Area B.  Maggie tells me that she  attended one of the Kathleen Smith’s garden talks/walks and learned that the ‘contorta’ part refers to twisted habit of growth of the needles, not the contorted trunk, as I thought.

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SJG • 5/2/12 – Pinus contorta – Shore Pine, Area B

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SJG • 5/2/12 – Pinus contorta – Shore Pine, needles

The Gymnosperm Database lists its many common names:  Lodgepole pine (Burns and Honkala 1990); beach, western scrub, north coast scrub, sand, shore or knotty pine (Peattie 1950).

Utah State University gives this description of the needles: Leaves: Needle-like in bundles of two. These leaves vary in color between yellow-green and dark green. They average 2 inches in length and are usually twisted, hence the scientific name contorta. Buds are resinous, dark brown in color, and about ¼ inch long.

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