Pinus contorta subsp. murrayana
Sierra Lodgepole Pine, Tamrac Pine
A medium to large pine to 36 m (120 ft.) tall with a straight, scaly barked trunk to 90 cm (3 ft.) in diameter and a tall, conical crown. The needle-like, yellowish-green leaves grow 5 to 8 cm (2 to 3 in.) long. It is relatively common in montane forests between 400 and 3500 m (1300 and 11500 ft.) from the State of Washington through Oregon and California to northern Baja California in Mexico. It is a popular ornamental, suitable even for training as a bonsai, as well as a good timber tree. It is hardy to severe freezes and will grow in USDA plant hardiness zones 7 to 9. Seeds require cold stratification for a month after soaking and sowing.