Pinus aristata 'Formal Form' 2 - Year Graft
Dwarf Evergreens and Conifers : Pinus aristata 'Formal Form' 2 - Year Graft
Pinus aristata 'Formal Form'
(Formal Form Bristlecone Pine)
* Full sun * Zones 4-7 * 6’ tall * 6' wide * Origin rocky mountains
This selection has a narrow, uniform shape!
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 'Formal Form' One of the elegant Great Basin Bristlecone Pines, this selection has a narrow, uniform shape, larger than the dwarf 'Sherwood Compact' and smaller than the large 'Blue Heron', Trees boast clusters of closely held, 1 1/2"-long, green needles in bundles of five that radiate around the ascending branches, giving each the look of a bottlebrush. Formal and long-lived, this slow-growing, bluish tree maintains its form with little or no pruning.
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.
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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