Rocky Mountain Lodgepole Pine - Pinus contorta var. latifolia
A subspecies of lodgepole pine that may reach 150 feet in height with a 2-foot diameter at low elevations, but, like other trees of subalpine habitats, latifolia is much reduced at high elevations. It grows from Alaska south to Utah, west to Wasington and east to Wyoming. The bark is gray to reddish and platy, the branches horizontal, and the short needles are yellow-green. The cones may persist to be opened by fire; they are asymmetric and recurved. This is an important pioneering subspecies after fire and it is logged for various products, including pulp.