Pinus aristata (Bristlecone Pine) 3 - Year Seedling

Evergreens and Conifers : Pinus aristata (Bristlecone Pine) 3 - Year Seedling

Pinus aristata (Bristlecone Pine)  3 - Year Seedling

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Pinus aristata

(Bristlecone Pine)

* Full sun  * Zones 4-7  * 20’ tall  * 25' wide * Origin rocky mountains

Highly sought after by bonsai enthusiasts!

May be one of the most long-lived species in the world!

White resin flecks appear along the needles creating a dazzling display!

Pinus aristata A graceful Evergreen conifer tree with a slow growth rate.  Small, almost shrub-like tree. Tree grows exceedingly slowly. Eventually, the trunk can become very thick. This may be one of the most long-lived species in the world. Some specimens in the White Mountains of Eastern California have been estimated at 5000 years. Needles persist for about 15 years!  Bristly, sharp projection at the end of each cone scale give the plant its name. The needles are in fascicles of five, stout, 2.5-4 cm long, deep green to blue-green on the outer face, with stomata confined to a bright white band on the inner surfaces. It differs most conspicuously from the two other bristlecone pine species in that the needles usually have only one, (only rarely two) resin canals, and these are commonly interrupted and broken, leading to highly characteristic small white resin flecks appearing on the needles. This character, which looks a bit like 'dandruff' on the needles, is diagnostic of Pinus aristata; no other pine shows it Grows well in poor, rocky soils.

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Goes well with Thunderhead Pine, Dragon Eyer Pine, Vanderwolf Pyramid Pine as well as Black Bamboo. Check out our store for these great plants!

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