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Barking up the Right Tree

Identifying the towering inhabitants of Tahoe’s forests. WESTERN JUNIPER Height 15–30 feet Found at higher elevations, the giants of this species can be over 2,000 years old with trunks 16 feet in diameter.

JEFFREY PINE Height 80–130 feet The scent of its crushed twigs has been compared to vanilla, lemon, even pineapple!


Height 20-80 feet The slender trunks of this species were used by Native Americans to support their teepees, or “lodges.” INCENSE CEDAR

Height 60–150 feet Sometimes confused with Redwoods, older Cedar trees have a thick bark that helps protects them from wildfire.

WHITE FIR SUGAR PINE Height 100–160 feet Keep your eye out for its huge, long pinecones.

WESTERN WHITE PINE Height 100 feet The thick trunks of these trees have a uniform grain ideal for making match sticks.

PONDEROSA PINE Height 60–130 feet When sun-warmed, the bark gives off a sweet smell that some compare to fresh-baked cookies.

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Height 70–160 feet Pervasive in parts of the Tahoe Basin, many of this species are falling victim to a deadly bark beetle infestation.

QUAKING ASPEN Height 40–70 feet The most widely distributed tree in North America, Tahoe Aspen usually display their brightest colors in October.