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Cultural Details for Pinus aristata

Common Name:
Rocky Mountain Bristlecone Pine, Hickory Pine

Growth Rate:
Slow, 16 year old plant 4'.

Average Mature Height:
8-20' possibly to 40' but only after many years

Average Mature Width:
Irregular spread.

Flower Details:

Fruit Details:
Cones sissle, cylindrical-ovoid, brown 2-4" long, 1.5" broad.

Fall Color:
Dark bluish green with white, evergreen.

Bark Details:
Gray-green smooth when young, rust colored and fissured with age.

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
Many, but to name a few, Comandra blister rust, canker, Leafcast,Sawflies, Pine web worm, Pine Spittlebugs and Pine needle miner.

Native Habitat:
Zones 4-7, Southwestern United States along Nevada-California border east through the highlands of Nevada, Utah, Colorado, North Arizona and North New Mexico. Introduced 1861.

Other Features:
Suitable for rock gardens, patio plant and Bonsai.

Culture and Care:
Will succeed in poor, dry rocky soils. Dislikes shade.

This plant was blooming:

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.