Provincial Tree: Lodgepole Pine
The Alberta Legislative Assembly designated the lodgepole pine as the province’s official tree in 1984.
Because the tree occurs only in western Canada, and very prevalent in Alberta, it plays an important role in the development of the province.
Early explorers named the tree the “lodgepole pine” because its long, straight trunk. It was used widely in the construction of teepees and cabins. Settlers then used it for railway ties, telegraph poles, fence posts and mining timber.
Today, it is one of the most important and widely used trees in Alberta’s forest industry. It also provides homes to many wildlife species and protective cover for the vital watersheds.
Family name: Pineaceae
Species name: Pinus contorta var. latifolia