SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: Washington Park Arboretum - Seattle, WA, Grant Grove, CA, Regional Parks Botanic Garden, Tilden Regional Park - Berkeley, CA and Top District, San Bernardino National Forest, CA
A desirable timber tree. Large, narrow cones are often used for Christmas decorations.
Native to California and Oregon.
A Pinus lambertiana in Yosemite National Park is registered as a California Big Tree. It measures 205 feet high, with a trunk circumference of 337 inches and a crown spread of 65 feet.
Erect or Spreading and requires ample growing space.
Has Evergreen foliage.
Height: 200 feet.
Width: 50 feet.
Growth Rate: 24 to 36 Inches per Year.
Longevity Greater than 150 years.
Leaves Needle, Blue Green, No Change, Evergreen.
Flowers Inconspicuous. Flowers in Spring. Has separate male and female flowers on the same tree (monoecious).
Brown Cone, Very Large (Over 3.00 inches), fruiting in Fall, Winter or Summer.
Bark Dark Brown or Red Brown, Fissured.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate in Leaf.
Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 2 - 9 and 15 - 17.
USDA Hardiness Zones 6 - 8.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Moist to Dry Soil.
Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.
Highly Acidic to Neutral Soil pH.
Seaside Tolerance is Not Suited.
Pests & Disease Information
Resistant to Verticillium. Susceptible to Aphids, Mountain Pine Beetle, California Five Spined Engraver Beetle, IPS, California Flathead Borer and Beetle Borers, Armillaria, Root Rot, Rust, Black Stain, Pitted Sap Rot, Phytophthora Root Disease, Mistletoe and White Pine Blister Rust.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Strong.
Root Damage Potential Rated as Moderate.
Allergy Health Hazard.
Biogenic Emissions considered Moderate.
Attracts Birds and Squirrels.
Not Deer Palatable.
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Pinus lambertiana Tree Record." 1995-2018. May 20, 2018.
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