Bristlecone pine (Pinus aristata)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 2 -45.6 °C (-50 °F) to -42.8 °C (-45°F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 7b
Plant Height: 8-20 feet
Plant Spread: 10-15 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Needled
Flower Color: Green
Other: pale green
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Spring
Suitable Locations: Patio/Ornamental/Small Tree
Uses: Provides winter interest
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Pollinators: Wind
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
young specimen in driveway bed

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Posted by robertduval14 (Mason, New Hampshire - Zone 5b) on Apr 18, 2013 10:03 PM

State tree of Nevada.

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Feb 23, 2019 3:11 PM

In the early 1990's I planted a container plant into a circular bed surrounded by driveway at the south entrance of a hospital in the west suburbs of Chicago, IL. I bought the expensive little woody plant at a local large, diverse nursery. It lived in the bed for several years, but then died. I think it was the road salt that would fly into the bed as the salt truck passed by that killed it off. This species is native to the mountains of southwestern US in California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, and northern Arizona & New Mexico. This very slow growing species of about 2 to 4 inches/year on the cliffs and slopes of mountains exposed to strong winds and harsh conditions has been documented as having larger specimens living 4,000 to over 5,000 years. It is a soft pine with short needles about 1 to 1.75 inches long in bundles of 5. The needles are dotted with white resinous exudations that look sort of like white scale insects, but it is not, it is normal. It grows in nutrient poor, dry, rocky soils whether acid or alkaline, and does not tolerate shade or pollution. It is sold only by a few large, diverse nurseries or specialty nurseries. I have only seen a very few planted in the East or Midwest.

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