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Limber Pine
Pinus flexilis
  
About Limber Pine (Pinus flexilis) 2 Nurseries Carry This Plant The Limber Pine (Pinus flexilis; family Pinaceae) is a species of pine tree that occurs in the mountains of the Western United States and Canada, specifically the subalpine areas of the Rocky Mountains from southwest Alberta south to the Mexican border; the Great Basin mountains of Nevada and Utah; and the White Mountains, the east slope of the Sierra Nevada and the San Bernardino Mountains in California with a small disjunct population in the Black Hills of South Dakota. It is typically a high-elevation pine, often marking the tree line either on its own, or with Whitebark Pine, either of the bristlecone pines, or Lodgepole Pine. In favourable conditions, it makes a tree to 20 meter, rarely 25 meter tall, but on exposed tree line sites only 5-10 meter tall. It is also called Rocky Mountain White Pine. Limber Pine is a member of the white pine group, Pinus subgenus Strobus, and like all members of that group, the leaves ('needles') are in fascicles (bundles) of five, with a deciduous sheath. This distinguishes it from the Lodgepole Pine, with two needles per fascicle, and the bristlecone pines, which share five needles per fascicle but have a semi-persistent sheath.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Tree

Size
Size
25 - 82 ft tall

Form
Form
Upright

Growth Rate
Growth Rate
Slow

Dormancy
Dormancy
Winter Deciduous

Flower Color
Flower Color
Green

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Summer

Wildlife Supported
 


 
Butterflies & moths hosted ( 3 confirmed , 56 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Full Sun, Part Shade

Moisture
Moisture
Low

Nurseries
Nurseries

Ease of Care
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Soil Description
Soil Description
Tolerates a variety of soils

Common uses
Common uses
Bank Stabilization, Bird Gardens

Propagation
Propagation?
For propagating by seed: 1-3 mos. stratification ( USDA Forest Service 1974).

Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
1*, 2*, 3*, 4, 6, 7, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18*, 19

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Mountain saddles, mesas

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 7.1" - 59.8", Summer Precipitation: 0.53" - 4.47", Coldest Month: 18.0" - 50.7", Hottest Month: 38.6" - 77.0", Humidity: 1.12" - 26.90", Elevation: 2378" - 14328"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Pino Torcido, Rocky Mountain White Pine


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora


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