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Conifers

Updated 2021-03-23
  • Lodgepole and Spruce Forest, Sprague Lake

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    Colorado's high alpine forests are dominated by the lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta, far left, left-center, and far right) and the Engelmann spruce (Picea engelmannii, bottom center, bright brown cones). Brown and grey beetle-killed trees stand in the background as a reminder of both species' vulnerability to bark beetle infestations.
    Lodgepole and Spruce Forest, Sprague Lake
  • Lodgepole Pine

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    Lodgepole pine are among the most famous evergreens in Colorado. They are easily recognizable by their straight, narrow trunks, and are a fire-dependent species: their pine cones only open when burned.
    Lodgepole Pine
  • Ponderosa Pine

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    The Ponderosa Pine is a large pine tree growing up to 160 feet tall. Its thick trunk and bark make it especially fire-hardy, and its broad, full branches provide excellent shade.
    Ponderosa Pine
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