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Bristlecone Pine | Pinus aristata | Medium Tree Seedling | The Jonsteen Company
Bristlecone Pine | Pinus aristata | Medium Tree Seedling | The Jonsteen Company
Bristlecone Pine | Pinus aristata | Medium Tree Seedling | The Jonsteen Company
Bristlecone Pine | Pinus aristata | Medium Tree Seedling | The Jonsteen Company
Bristlecone Pine | Pinus aristata | Medium Tree Seedling | The Jonsteen Company
Bristlecone Pine | Pinus aristata | Medium Tree Seedling | The Jonsteen Company
Bristlecone Pine | Pinus aristata | Medium Tree Seedling | The Jonsteen Company
Bristlecone Pine | Pinus aristata | Medium Tree Seedling | The Jonsteen Company

Bristlecone Pine | Pinus aristata | Medium Tree Seedling

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  • Grow your own Bristlecone Pine (Pinus aristata), an incredibly long-living subalpine species from the Rocky Mountains!
  • 100% guaranteed: If your seedling perishes, we are happy to provide a replacement small-sized seedling for just the cost of shipping/handling
  • Seed-grown without poison or pesticides at our nursery on California's Redwood Coast
  • Transplanting and care instructions included


Water Needs | The Jonsteen Company
Moisture
Low
Cold Hardiness | The Jonsteen Company Cold Hardiness
-40°F
Light Needs | The Jonsteen Company Light
Full Sun / Partial Shade
Size | The Jonsteen Company Size
20 – 50' tall / 10 – 20' spread
Age | The Jonsteen Company Lifespan
2,000 yrs
Growth Rate | The Jonsteen Company Growth Rate
Slow Growing
Drought Tolerance | The Jonsteen Company Drought Tolerance
High
Windfirm | The Jonsteen Company Wind Resistance
High

About Bristlecone Pine

Bristlecone Pine is one of three subalpine tree species identified collectively as "foxtail pines" — so-called due to their dense, closely packed needles which resemble foxes' tails. Sometimes called "Hickory Pine," Pinus aristata, or Rocky Mountain Bristlecone Pine, was first collected by British botanist F. Creutzfeldt in Colorado in 1853. Native to dry, mountainous regions in Utah, Nevada, Arizona, California, New Mexico, and the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, Bristlecone Pine makes its home in an extremely hostile environment. Few ever see indigenous Bristlecone Pines because they typically grow above the timberline on exposed, rocky, dry slopes and ridges at elevations between 7,000 and 12,000 feet. Native Bristlecones growing in these inhospitable locations high in the mountains cope with long, frigid winters and very brief, hot, dry summers as they slowly develop into incredibly dense, stocky, and gnarled specimens.  Often in these prehistoric pines, much of the tree is dead while an incredibly tenacious living portion continues to grow for millennia. 

Depending on growing conditions, mature Bristlecone Pines achieve heights of 20 to 50 feet and trunk diameters of 1 to 2-1/2 feet, and generally feature extremely dense, irregular crowns. Bristlecone Pines have lustrous, deep green needles, arranged in groups of five and often bespeckled with white droplets of resin. Long tufts of foliage cluster at the ends of the trees' short stout branches. Bristlecone Pine cones are dark chocolate to purple-brown in color, oval-shaped, and 3 to 3-1/2 inches long — each cone scale armed with the tree's distinctive 3/4" name-sake "bristle." 

The astounding longevity and amazing hardiness of the Bristlecone Pine make it an attractive, slow-growing tree, perfect for ornamental planting in a diverse range of climates. In cultivation, Bristlecones take on a form quite different from their wild subalpine brethren, becoming symmetrical, even luxuriant trees, fully clothed in dense, very dark, shimmering needles. Pinus aristata is remarkably drought-resistant and has been planted successfully throughout the U.S., Canada, and elsewhere (including Iceland!). Its diminutive size and slow growth commend Bristlecone Pine as an excellent species for container-growing.

About Jonsteen's Seedlings

All of our trees are seed-grown without poison or pesticides at our nursery on California's Redwood Coast, which is inspected monthly and licensed by the California Department of Agriculture. Trees can provide a natural barrier against high winds, temperatures, noise pollution and soil erosion, all while benefiting local air quality, wildlife and property values — a Jonsteen seedling will only grow in value and beauty!


About Jonsteen's 100% Guarantee

All of our trees are guaranteed to arrive healthy and in good condition. If your tree perishes despite your honest efforts, we will be happy to replace it with a small-sized seedling for just the cost of shipping/handling (typically under $5). You can learn more about our guarantee and tree replacement policy here.

Seedling Size Chart: Medium

Due to the dynamic nature of actively growing trees, as well as the tremendous variation between species’ growth rates, we rely on the cubic volume of a seedling’s root mass to determine its “size” (Small / Medium / Large / XL). Within each size there is minor variance — the dimensions provided here represent the category minimum. If exact measurements are essential, please contact us about current stock.

Seedling Size Chart | Medium | The Jonsteen Company