Limber Pine (Pinus flexilis)

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Western pine with needles 1.5-3 inches long, in bundles of 5; cones 3-10 inches long, with thickened scales; bark whitish and smooth throughout development.

by Michael Kuo

Habitat: 4,000 to 11,500 feet; often in rocky foothills or on rocky summits.

Stature: 25-80 feet high; to 2.5 feet in diameter; branches often drooping; with an open crown.

Needles: In bundles of 5; 1.5-3 inches long; dark green; with fine white lines on all sides.

Bark: Thin; fairly smooth; whitish.

Cones: 3-10 inches; scales thickened.

The smaller branches of limber pine are quite limber, and can be bent easily without breaking.

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Pinus flexilis

Pinus flexilis

Pinus flexilis

Pinus flexilis

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