Bristlecone Pine

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This is the oldest known tree species in the world!

The Bristlecone Pine, 'Pinus aristata', is a type of pine tree that can reach an age far greater than that of any other living thing known - up to 5,000 years!  (Many of the trees living today were seedlings when the pyramids were being constructed.)

It is dense in growth, and the shoots are set with dark, short needles, five per bundle.   The cones are indeed tipped by slender spines or bristles.

Looks aside, Bristlecone pine is famous because in its arid mountain home of Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona, it can live for thousands of years.  In cultivation it proves slow, bushy, dark and enduring of difficult sites.  Bristlecone Pine is remarkable for its great age and ability to survive adverse growing conditions.

The oldest known tree species in the world, Bristlecone Pine is a multi-trunked tree, and often gnarled and twisted by the elements.  The crown of the bristlecone pine is rounded, and the branches and needles look somewhat like a bottle brush; needles are deep yellow-green, with blunt ends.

Bristlecone pines can survive on the dolomite and alkaline layers of its habitat; few species can survive in this type of soil!

* Cones tipped by bristles
* Rounded crown
* Very long survival


Bristlecone Pine Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-7
Growing Zones 4-7
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Brand Nature Hills Nursery
Botanical Name Pinus aristata
Foliage Green
Mature Height 10 - 20 feet
Mature Spread 15 - 20 feet
Soil Type Loam, Sandy, Clay
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Growth Rate Slow
Fall Color Evergreen