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Limber Pine

Pinus flexilis

Trail Number:
T1

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Description

Family:
Pinaceae

Foliage:
Leaves: densely crowded on the ends of the branchlets, pointing forward, rigid, curved or slightly twisted, 21/2 to 3 1/2" long, margins entire, apex sharp-pointed, 3 to 4 lines of stomata on each surface

Native Locale:
Rocky mountains of western North America, Alberta to northern Mexico, east to Texas

Mature Height:
30 to 50 feet

Mature Width:
15 to 35 feet

Hardiness Zones:
Zone 4 to 7

Soil Preference:
Prefers moist, well-drained; adapted to growing on rocky slopes; very adaptable

Growth Habit:
Dense, broad pyramid in youth, becoming a low, broad, flat- topped tree at maturity

Rate of Growth:
Slow

Disease and Insect:
White pine blister rust was reported on the species in a native stand

Landscape Value:
n/a

Additional Notes:

  • Flowers: Monoecious, staminate clustered, rose colored, female purple
  • Fruit: Cones subterminal, short-stalked, cylindric ovoid, 3 to 6" long, 1 1/2" wide

Photos

Leaf - Limber PineSummer - Limber PineSummer '08 - Limber Pine