Bristlecone Pine

Bristlecone PineBristlecone Pine Pinus aristata

This is a uniquely shaped pine found at the tree line in the mountains.  It grows very slow but but does best in full sun and in well-drained soils.  It tolerates heavy wind.  Avoid planting in areas that do not drain well.  Too much water will kill this ancient tree.  The name comes from the cones that have small prickles on the scales.  The wind twists and controls this tree which is why the trunk is crooked.  Some Bristlecone pines are over 2,000 years old, making them among the oldest trees in the world.  The Bristlecone may keep its dark-green needles for 10 to 15 years before normal needle drop occurs.  This tree is also known as Foxtail pine.  This tree loves elevation.  You may plant it up to 10,000 feet.  The tree can get 30′ tall and 15′ wide but do not count on seeing it mature in your lifetime!