Shore Pine

Pinus contorta subsp. contorta
  • Hul’qumi’num Name: qw’iyul’ushulhp
  • Description: Coniferous tree growing up to 30 m, often in a contorted, ‘bonsai’-like form. Needles occur in groups of two, and cones are 3 – 6 cm with stiff bracts.
  • Habitat: Shorelines, bogs, and open forests.
  • Pair with: Douglas-fir, western yew, arbutus, evergreen hucklberry, salal.
  • Fun Fact: On Galiano Island, shore pine can be found growing along the Strait of Georgia shoreline. This same species also occurs in mountains regions of the interior, where it grows upright and is known as lodgepole pine.

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