Coast Pine

Scientific Name: Pinus contorta
Genus: Pinus
Family: Pinaceae

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The Coast Pine is a subspecies of the Lodgepole Pine, which is found inland. The Coast Pine, as the name indicates, is found along the coast of much of western North America. It has bundles of two needles. While the Lodgepole Pine is tall and straight, the Coast Pine is often squat and asymmetrical from strong coastal winds. The cones of the Coast Pine point down the branch toward the trunk, while the Lodgepole Pine’s cones point out from the branch.