Scientific Name: Pinus aristata Form: Pyramidal - narrowly
Common Name:bristlecone pine Texture:Medium - fine
Family Name:PinaceaeHabit: Dense
Plant Type: Conifer Mature Size (ht. X w.):5 - 7m x 3 - 4m
Origin: U.S. - southwest Hardiness Zone:Zone 4: (-34 to -29 C)
Leaves: Needle-like, Fascicles, Leathery, Glabrous, Acicular, Entire
Flowers: n/a (male cone), Brown, Dark-red, Yellow, Apr- May
Fruit: Cone (winged seeds), Brown, Purple, Yellow, Sep- Oct- Aug, (Persistent)
Exposure: Full sun
Soil or Media: Well-drained
Landscape Uses: Accent plant, Alpine, Container planting, Mixed shrub border, Rock garden, Small garden/space, Specimen plant
Key ID Features:Needles contorted, irregular shape; leaves 5 per fascicle, <4 cm long, dark blue-green, glaucous underneath; cones with each scale with a bristle-like spine 4-8 mm long. Winter ID: persistent (10-17 years) green needles; buds terminal, loose outer scales, adpressed inner scales, reddish-brown, sticky.