Limber Pine (Pinus flexilis)

Limber Pine (Pinus flexilis) (16050 bytes)     Limber Pine (Pinus flexilis) is an evergreen conifer with a pyramidal to rounded form. It grows 20 to 30 feet in height. Adaptable to a variety of soils, its water needs are moderate. Limber pine is a good tree for the Front Range because it is so flexible that its brannches can be bent in a circle. This proves beneficial in our winds and heavy snow. This tree prefers full sun, has low to moderate water needs and is hardy to zone 2.
pine,limber foliage (4348 bytes) Foliage is dark green, stiff needles that are 2 to 4 inches long and stay on the tree for 5 to 6 years.
pine,limber female flower (4646 bytes) limber pine male flower cones (15714 bytes)     Flowers are monoecious (both male and female on the same tree). The male flower cones are small and yellow-green, the female are bright reddish-purple, turning to green and then brown after fertilization.
pine,limber cone. (8233 bytes) Cones are brown, moderate-sized and woody. They are 3 to 6 inches in length with a short stalk Seeds are large and usually wingless.
pine,limber bark  (4240 bytes) Bark is initially thin, smooth and gray-white in color. It later darkens to brown or black with deep fissures and square plates.

Photos: Judy Sedbrook

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