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Pinus flexilis (Limber Pine)

Limber Pine, Limbertwig, Rocky Mountain Pine


Standing out in the landscape, Pinus flexilis (Limber Pine) is a medium-sized evergreen coniferous tree of pyramidal habit in youth, becoming more open, flat-topped and picturesque with age. It is often multi-stemmed with a straight to contorted trunk and forked, upswept branches. The slightly curved or twisted, rich blue-green needles, up to 3 in. long (7 cm), are presented in bundles of five and tend to be clustered at the tips of the branches, persisting for five to six years. The thick-scaled, egg-shaped seed cones, 8 in. long (20 cm), are bright green and upright in youth, turning yellow-brown and pendulous at maturity. Extremely adaptable, Limber Pine makes a fine specimen.

  • Grows up to 40-60 ft. tall (12-18 m) and 25-40 ft. wide (7-12 m).
  • Performs best in full sun in well-drained soils. Adaptable to dry soil and wind once established.
  • Keep an eye our for white pine blister rust. Deer resistant.
  • No pruning required.
  • Native from southwestern Canada to western United States.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 7
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, A1, A2, A3
Plant Type Conifers, Trees
Plant Family Pinus - Pines
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 40' – 60' (12m – 18m)
Spread 25' – 40' (7.5m – 12m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, California, Midwest, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho, Oregon, Rocky Mountains, Colorado, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, Southwest, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico
Tolerance Deer
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 7
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, A1, A2, A3
Plant Type Conifers, Trees
Plant Family Pinus - Pines
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 40' – 60' (12m – 18m)
Spread 25' – 40' (7.5m – 12m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, California, Midwest, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho, Oregon, Rocky Mountains, Colorado, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, Southwest, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico
Tolerance Deer
Garden Styles Prairie and Meadow

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