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Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 50-90 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Edible to birds
Suitable Locations: Patio/Ornamental/Small Tree
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Provides winter interest
Erosion control
Shade Tree
Useful for timber production
Edible Parts: Fruit
Pollinators: Wind
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
photo credit: Walter Siegmund

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Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on May 24, 2013 12:17 PM

Native to high mountains from Alaska to the Sierra Nevadas, northern Idaho, and Montana. Per my native nursery owner, these have been severely poached in the wild. If you buy one, be sure there it has a USFS metal tag, which means it was harvested by permit. Extremely slow growing so a good focal point plant that won't get away from you. Good candidate for bonsai.

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