Pinus flexilis

Limber Pine

Form and Growth Characteristics:
Plant Type - Tree
Growth Rate - Slow, 6" a year average; 6-12' in 10 years period
Mature Height - 30-50'
Mature Width - 15-35'
Longevity - Long, maturity reached in 200-300 years

Ornamental Characteristics:
Flower - Cone, staminate clustered, female/male-rose colored to purplish, monoecious, late June-mid July
Fruit - Cones subterminal, short-stalked, cyclindric ovoid, 3-6" long, 1.5-2.25" wide, erect when young and pendulously spreading when mature, light tan brown, scales resinous, mid August-late October
Leaf -
Fall Color - All season-dark bluish green, very attractive
Bark - In youth smooth, light gray or greenish gray, on old trunks grayish brown, separated by deep fissures into rectangular to nearly square, superficially scaled plates or blocks
Other Features - Wildlife value very high; songbirds, upland ground birds, small mammals, hoofed browsers
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Culture and Care:
Care Requirements - Transplants well balled-and-burlapped if root pruned; does best in moist, acidic, well-drained soil and prefers sun or partial shade; adapted for planting on rocky slopes; very adaptable species and one of the best for Midwestern and eastern states
Native Habitat - Rocky Mountains of western North America, Alberta to northern Mexico, east to Texas. Introduced 1861.
Diseases and Insects - Frequent; root rot, dieback, tip blight, stem blister rust, leaf cast, rust; sawflies, weevils, pine webworm, pine needle scale, spittle needle
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