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Cultural Details for Pinus flexilis

Common Name:
Limber Pine

Growth Rate:
Slow, 6" a year average; 6-12' in 10 years period

Average Mature Height:

Average Mature Width:

Flower Details:
Cone, staminate clustered, female/male-rose colored to purplish, monoecious, late June-mid July

Fruit Details:
Cones subterminal, short-stalked, cyclindric ovoid, 3-6" long, 1.5-2.25" wide, erect when young and pendulously spreading when mature, light tan brown, scales resinous, mid August-late October

Fall Color:
All season-dark bluish green, very attractive

Bark Details:
In youth smooth, light gray or greenish gray, on old trunks grayish brown, separated by deep fissures into rectangular to nearly square, superficially scaled plates or blocks

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
Frequent; root rot, dieback, tip blight, stem blister rust, leaf cast, rust; sawflies, weevils, pine webworm, pine needle scale, spittle needle

Native Habitat:
Rocky Mountains of western North America, Alberta to northern Mexico, east to Texas. Introduced 1861.

Other Features:
Wildlife value very high; songbirds, upland ground birds, small mammals, hoofed browsers

Culture and Care:
Transplants well balled-and-burlapped if root pruned; does best in moist, acidic, well-drained soil and prefers sun or partial shade; adapted for planting on rocky slopes; very adaptable species and one of the best for Midwestern and eastern states

This plant was blooming:

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
8497, 8498

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.