Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Bristlecone Pine - Drought-tolerant Tree for Utah!

Some friends of mine recently moved to Tooele County and they are looking for trees and shrubs that will thrive in the saline soils and harsh conditions there.  We found out that Bristlecone Pine will grow well there, even at lower elevations (4,000 - 4,500 ft. above sea level).  Apparently other high-elevation (above 7,000 ft. above sea level) conifers struggle, like Limber Pine and Firs.
So I have been thinking about Bristlecone Pines for the last several days and looking them up on the internet.
I was driving around my neighborhood in the Salt Lake Valley, and was happily surprised to find a Bristlecone Pine thriving in a neighbors yard!  Here are some pictures.  And here is a link to info on Bristlecone Pines.  It is a very handsome specimen!

Bristlecone Pine - Utah Native

Bristlecone Pine - native, hardy and drought-tolerant in Utah

Bristlecone Pine - white resin spots on needles

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