SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: Red Butte Garden - Salt Lake City, UT, The National Arboretum - Washington, DC and Arnold Arboretum - Boston, MA
Long lived in native habitat. Distinguished from P. longaeva by white specks of resin on its leaves. Tolerates poor soils.
Native to High elevations in California.
A Pinus longaeva in Inyo National Forest is registered as a California Big Tree. It measures 41 feet high, with a trunk circumference of 439 inches and a crown spread of 48 feet.
Pinus aristata var. longaeva
Has Evergreen foliage.
Height: 20 - 30 feet.
Width: 15 feet.
Growth Rate: 12 Inches per Year.
Longevity Greater than 150 years.
Leaves Needle, Dark Green or White, No Change, Evergreen.
Flowers Inconspicuous. Flowers in Summer. Has separate male and female flowers on the same tree (monoecious).
Brown or Purple Cone, Very Large (Over 3.00 inches), fruiting in Fall or Winter.
Bark Red Brown, Fissured.
Shading Capacity Rated as Dense in Leaf.
Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 1 - 11 and 14 - 19; A2, A3.
USDA Hardiness Zones 4 - 8.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Moist to Dry Soil.
Loam or Sand Texture.
Highly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline Soil pH.
Seaside Tolerance is Medium in Mild Zone.
Pests & Disease Information
Resistant to Verticillium. Susceptible to Aphids, Armillaria and Rust.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Medium.
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
Allergy Health Hazard.
Biogenic Emissions considered Moderate.
Attracts Birds and Squirrels.
Not Deer Palatable.
Special Uses & Values
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Pinus longaeva Tree Record." 1995-2018. Aug 15, 2018.
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