8 responses to “Pinus contorta var. contorta”

  1. Bonnie

    Daniel is it possible to list measurements in US inches and feet as well? I know that may draw criticism but some of us older persons here never learned metric and have little luck now.

  2. Jeff

    2.5 – 5CM = 1″ to 2″ (Approx). Thanks to the British Empire.

  3. Laurence J. Berlowitz Ph.D.

    I remember as a kid driving through a forest of this species in inland Oregon, the trees so close together and so straight that they blocked out the sun, and wondering how this tree got its species name, “contorta”. Now I know.

  4. ChrisN

    Are the stunting and contortions of the P. contorta var. contorta due to genetics or environment? That is, if you planted a var. contorta in the same habitat as a var. latifolia, would it have a similar growth habit?

    Great photo, Daniel and informative text, Tamara. Makes me want to visit and see the plants and the area in person.

  5. Joe

    Yes, please put units of measurement in inches and feet because we do live in the US and I’m not about to go to Google and look up the conversion. lol 🙂

  6. DrBob

    Joe and Bonnie

    1 inch is 2.5 cm, 2 inches is 5 cm. A convenient rule of thumb: your thumb’s proximal phalange (the second bone from the end) is about 5 cm long. That is a ruler you never will loose.

  7. dave pounds

    I have just purchased a small Pinus contorta var. contorta specifically for it’s ability to form a “Contorted” shape. The nurseryman said that acidity exacerbates the miss-shapelessness (Sorry don’t know if that is a word). My question is: what form should this acid take…???
    I am visiting from Ontario, a fervent Rock Gardener, and we can’t buy stuff back home…!!!
    Thanks in advance
    dave the contortionist

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