Overview:Categories: Evergreen, Wildlife Value
Extremely slow growing but tolerant of harsh sites on poor soils. It has decorative needles that persist the entire length of the branch for a ‘bottle brush’ effect. Bristlecone does not have the uniform conical habit of most evergreens, but can attain a height of 40 ft., over a very long period of time.
Does not make a good windbreak tree, but is highly resistant to insect and disease. It is the world’s oldest know living organism, some dated at 4,000 years old.
Use Bristlecone pine on tough sites where low moisture, high altitude, high sunlight and poor soils are a problem. Is a good replacement tree for ponderosa, limber, fir and spruce on tough sites. Good for 7,000′ – 11,000′ elev.
*Information Video courtesy CSU PlantTalk
Features:Scientfic Name: Pinus aristata
Growth Habit: Open
Growth Rate: Slow
Max. Height (ft): 40
Max Width/Spread (ft): 20
Life Span: Long
Cold Hardiness: Excellent
Drought Resistance: Fair
Elevation Range: 11000
Wildlife Value: High
Wildlife Notes: Food value from seeds for upland game and songbirds
Seasonal Color: evergreen
Possible Insect Issues: bark beetles
Possible Disease Issues: white pine blister rust
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