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Tamarack Pine
Pinus contorta ssp. murrayana
About Tamarack Pine (Pinus contorta ssp. murrayana) 5 Nurseries Carry This Plant Tamarack Pine (Pinus contorta ssp. murrayana) is a native tree that grows in northern, southern and central California. It tends to grow at elevations from 5000-11000 feet. Seed cones are nearly symmetric, mostly spreading, not serotinous, not persistent; mid and lower apophyses mostly shallowly domed; main branches ascending at tips.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type

112 ft tall

Wildlife Supported

Landscaping Information
Full Sun, Part Shade


Ease of Care
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Common uses
Common uses
Butterfly Gardens

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
1*, 2*, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7*, 14, 15, 16, 17*

Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 6.9" - 140.7", Summer Precipitation: 0.26" - 4.94", Coldest Month: 17.9" - 49.2", Hottest Month: 38.4" - 75.7", Humidity: 0.44" - 24.11", Elevation: 116" - 14460"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Murray Lodgepole Pine, Murray's Lodgepole Pine, Sierra Lodgepole Pine

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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