Bolander's Pine - Pinus contorta var. bolanderi
A rare variety of Lodgepole Pine, this is a small-sized tree with a single trunk, or a shrub. It is endemic to the northern California coast. There it grows on harsh soils that are sometimes extraordinarily acidic, with hardpan beneath and summer drought. At such sites, this pine grows in association with small trees such as Pygmy Cypress. The needles are short and borne in bundles of two. This variety differs from other Pinus contorta varieties in the needles, which lack resin canals. The cones are somewhat elongated and remain closed.