Botanical Name:Pinus aristata
Common Name:bristlecone pine
Family Name:Pinaceae – pine family
General Description:Native to the Rocky Mountains of southern Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona, Pinus aristata frequently grows in high elevations on dry, rocky exposed slopes. It is a slow growing long-lived species with some trees estimated to be thousands of years old. In the garden, bristlecone pine makes an excellent specimen plant in a sunny, well-drained site.
Resources Consulted:Dirr, Michael A. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants: Their Identification, Ornamental Characteristics, Culture, Propagation and Uses. Champaign: Stipes, 2009. Print.
Fryer, Janet L. "Pinus aristata." In: Fire Effects Information System. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory (Producer), 2004. Web. 26 Jan. 2014.
"The PLANTS Database." USDA, NRCS. National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA, 2014. Web. 17 Mar. 2014.
Creator:Julia Fitzpatrick-Cooper, Professor, College of DuPage
Keywords/Tags:Pinaceae, tree, conifer, cone, needle, evergreen, Pinus aristata, bristlecone pine