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Pine, Bristlecone

Pinus aristata

Bristlecone Pine needles with a dusting of snow

Bristlecone Pine, or Pinus aristata, is a native of the western United States. Extremely slow-growing, this dwarf, shrubby tree makes an excellent choice either for rock gardens or as a foundation plant. It grows 8'-20' tall. Bristlecone Pine is a reliable, trouble-free specimen plant. The long, blue-green needles grow in bunches of five and tend to be very resinous.

Bristlecone Pines are one of the oldest trees on the planet with specimens ranging from 4,000 to 5,000 years old. They can thrive in very dry, rocky, and inhospitable conditions and tolerate a wide range of soil pH levels.

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