Beach Pine Tree Information

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Beach Pine grows in the following 6 states and provinces:

Alaska, British Columbia, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington

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The Pinus Contorta Var. Contorta is commonly known as the Beach Pine, Coast Pine, Lodgepole Pine as well as Shore Pine.

The currently accepted scientific name of shore pine is Pinus contorta Dougl. ex Loud var. contorta . Shore pine is one of four varieties of lodgepole pine. The other three varieties are : Rocky Mountain lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta var. latifolia), Sierra lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta var. murrayana), Mendocino White Plains lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta var. bolanderi). This write-up will focus on shore pine.

Shore pine occurs along the Pacific Coast from Yakutat Bay, Alaska, south through the Coast Ranges to Mendocino County, California . In the eastern part of its range, shore pine occurs intermittently with Rocky Mountain lodgepole pine in the Cascade Range of northwestern Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska . Shore pine is also found in the Klamath Mountains of Oregon and California .

Shore pine is a dominant species in the northern part of its range. Farther south, shore pine is a codominant or subdominant species. In mixed stands, shore pine may form scrubby thickets or sparse to dense groves. Other vegetation is usually sparse . Shore pine is listed as an indicator in the following published classifications: Provisional plant community types of southeastern Alaska A classification system for California's hardwood rangelands Preliminary forest plant association management guide Preliminary forest plant associations of the Stikine Area, Tongass National Forest The Alaska vegetation classification system The closed-cone pine and cypresses .

Some of the information provided here is attributed to:Cope, Amy B. 1993. Pinus contorta var. contorta. In: Fire Effects Information System, [Online]. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory (Producer). , available at the USDA Fire Effects Information System (FEIS) website