Pinus aristata

Scientific name: Pinus aristata

Synonym: Pinus balfouriana


Common names: “Bristlecone pine”

Plant Type: Evergreen conifer tree


Zone: 4-8

Light: Full sun

Exposure: Exposed

Soil: Average, sandy rocky soils

Moisture: Well drained – drought resistant


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Plant Size: H 15-30′ W 20′

Leaf and Stem shape: Dark green needles in bundles of 5 covered with distinct specks of white resin

Cone: Conspicuous cones may fall or remain on the tree for yearsImage result for pinus aristata

Pruning: None is best, can be ruined with improper pruning

Maintenance: Low, can cut back the candles to densify it into a shrub

Landscape use: Species tree, screens, alpine garden, bonsai

Propagate: By seed

Pests & Disease: None in Victoria

Comments: Interesting habit, native to the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and San Francisco, where the oldest dated tree is 2435 years old

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