Bristlecone pine (Pinus aristata)

USDA Hardiness Zones

USDA hardiness zones
Bristlecone pine
Bristlecone pine Bristlecone pine
Bristlecone pine (Pinus aristata)
Zone Zone  more information
Hardy to zone 4b
Mature Height Mature Height
8 to 20 feet
Mature Spread Mature Spread
4 to 10 feet
Growth Rate Growth Rate
Sun Sun
Full Sun
Moisture Moisture
Drought tolerant (also tolerant to moist soil, well-drained)
Fall Color Fall Color
Attracts Wildlife Attracts Wildlife
Flower Flower
Fruit Fruit
Evergreen Evergreen
Native to WI Native to WI
Additional Information Additional Information
shrub to irregular, contorted, open, picturesque tree; 8-20’ tall; 4-10’ wide; slow grower; dark green, persistent, stiff needles with white resin dots; full sun; prefers a dry, poor, rocky, well-drained soil, pH adaptable; drought tolerant; intolerant to road salt and air pollution; native to southwestern U.S.; hardy to zone 4b

UW Extension
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Primary Author: Dr. Laura Jull
Photos by: Dr. Laura Jull and Dr. Ed Hasselkus

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