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Species: Pinus aristata

(pye'nus ar-iss-tay'tah)

Pinus aristata

Bristlecone Pine

Found on Course Walks

Pines et. al.

Map of plant locations

(Plant location data may be incomplete)

In Collection(s):

None Listed

Cultivars

Several cultivars exist for this species, many are dwarfs and rare in cultivation.

'Blue Bear', 'Blue Heron', 'Cecilia', 'Formal Form', 'Joe's Bess', 'Lemon Frost', 'Sherwood Compact'

Ornamental Characteristics

Tree < 30 feet

8' - 20' (spread irregular - to 40')

Evergreen

shrubby and low, picturesque habit

Exceptionally slow growing.

Environmental Characteristics

Full sun

4a

Can tolerate acid to alkaline soil (pH 5.0 to 8.0)

Foliage can burn in cold, windy climates will not tolerate smoke-polluted air.

Consistently moist, well-drained soil; Occasional periods of dry soil; Prolonged periods of dry soil
See graphic below

Insect Disease

In Northeast US white pine blight may cause browning of needles; generally insect problems are not chronic; possible problems may include dieback, rusts, blights, canker, aphids and more.

Bare Root Transplanting

Difficult

Other

Difficult to cultivate; best transplanted from container; one of the oldest living plants - some trees have been documented to be 4,000 years old. Native to southwest US.

Moisture Tolerance Graphic

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Moisture Tolerance

Moisture graphic
Occasionally saturated or very wet soil
Consistently moist, well-drained soil
Occasional periods of dry soil
Prolonged periods of dry soil
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