Scientific Name: Pinus contorta ‘Contorta’
Under Power Lines:
Street Tree Planting:
Yes—but only in planting strips 10 feet or wider. If planting a street tree, you must be approved for a permit.
A short, uniquely shaped native conifer that makes an excellent yard tree. A highly adaptable tree that thrives in poor soils, rocky sites, and even in boggy conditions. It’s twisting, “contorted”, trunk, branches and needles provide year-round interest.
Dark green, twisting, evergreen needles in pairs on short shoots. Produces a dense “irregular” canopy.
Inconspicuous tiny yellow-green flowers.
Many small cones, which often remain on the tree. Seeds from cone scales.
Extremely adaptable Pacific Northwest native. Will grow on infertile, even rocky or boggy, soils and can be wet or dry. In good, well-drained soil the habit tends to be upright but short. In poor and inhospitable soils the tree grows into its characteristic, twisting form. Prefers partial to full sun.
A hardy and disease resistant species. Potentially susceptible to common pine disease such as needle rust, blight and others.
Minimum Planting Distances:
- 3 ½ feet back from the face of the curb
- 5 feet from underground utility lines
- 10 feet from power poles
- 7 ½ feet from driveways (10 feet recommended)
- 20 feet from street lights and other existing trees
- 30 feet from street intersections
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