Lodgepole Pine

Ecologically speaking, the natural choice


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Looking for something a bit different? Consider the beautiful Lodgepole Pine – the upright branches and long needles give this tree a striking appearance; a head turner to make the neighbours green with envy. With a bushy shape and strong pine scent, the Lodgepole will hold its own even in larger rooms. The Lodgepole requires very little non-natural intervention, other than shearing & shaping, so if you’re looking for an eco-friendly option this is a top pick! Read more.

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Your perfect match?

  • You want something a bit different to your typical tree
  • You want a tree with a strong scent
  • You're happy with a bushier shape

Why buy from us?

I ordered a tree from you last year (first time I bought an unseen tree) and it really was the perfect tree, thank you.

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Tree Guide: Lodgepole Pine

The Lodgepole Pine (Pinus Contorta if you’re feeling fancy) is a bushy tree with long, lush green needles and a wonderful pine scent. Its natural home is the upland slopes of mountainous regions, and it originates from North America (western Canada, in particular). The straight trunks and tall-growing nature have made it a popular choice for construction for hundreds of years – in fact the name ‘Lodgepole’ derives from the use of these trees to form the main structure for teepees and lodges built by Native Americans, and latterly by Europeans in log cabins.

Although we try to keep the use of chemicals – such as fertilisers and pesticides – to a minimum on all of our trees, most of them need a bit of attention through the year to make sure they’re tip-top for Christmas. The Lodgepole largely does its own thing, with very little need for additives. A bit of shearing to keep them from going crazy, but that’s pretty much it! The Lodgepole is therefore a really eco-friendly choice.

It’s worth noting that they are pretty bushy, so if you want a tight, neat triangle shape, then this might not be the right bet.


Lodgepoles can grow to around 50 meters tall, and left completely alone will grow to be quite thin. As Christmas trees, we hold the upward growth back to encourage a bushier shape. The light green needles are long – usually at least 5cm.

The Lodgepole is a hardy tree known for its ability to grow even in fairly poor soil. At around 10 years old, the trees will start to produce beautiful cones.

Christmas Tree Credentials

Folks love the Lodgepole because it stands out from the crowd. But its got some strong attributes that make for a fine choice of Christmas tree – the main ones being that it holds needles well and has a strong room-filling pine scent. The upwards branches aren’t the strongest, so can sag a bit with heaver decs, but the needles are lovely and soft so pose no threat to grabby toddlers!

Farmer Tom Says
Ah, what a lovely pine scent you get from Lodgepole. We don't grow loads of them, but they make for a lovely bushy tree.
Farmer Tom's Verdict


  • Native to: Western North America
  • Grows to: 50m
  • Scent: Pine
  • Needles: Long, thin, slightly spiky
  • Superpower: Bushy upright branches
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Companies and growers measure Christmas trees in lots of ways, so on our website we’ve tried to keep it relatively simple: our measurements in feet are a minimum height to the top of the tree. So, if you order a 6ft tree it will be at least 6ft from the base of the trunk to the tippy top – typically, it will be a bit taller. Don’t forget to account for this potential extra height – sometimes up to 1.5ft for taller trees.

The long bit on the top of the tree (where you put your star or fairy) is called the ‘leader’. This can be quite long on some trees and much shorter on others – just natural variance – so growers account for this when measuring by taking a height to halfway up the leader (halfway between the top set of branches and the top of the tree). Just to confuse things a bit further, the industry standard is centimetre ranges. Here’s a handy conversion:

Tree ordered - Height to halfway up leader:

4ft tree - 125-150cm

5ft tree - 150-175cm

6ft tree - 175-200cm

7ft tree - 200-225cm

8ft tree - 225-250cm

9ft tree - 250-300cm

With natural products it’s not a perfect science, so these ranges act as a guide and your tree may be a little outside of the ranges in either direction.


If you’re putting your tree in any sort of stand, that will add some height to the tree, so don’t forget to factor it in to the overall measurement! If you need a stand, we sell them here.

Tree width

Bear in mind that the taller your tree, the wider it will be at the base. Nordman Firs and Norway Spruces in particular get quite big and bushy as they get taller, so make sure you’ve got space!