A very hardy pine suited to mountaintops, barren dry sites, and poor soils. Yellow flowers in early spring (March-April) turn to attractive sharp, spiky pinecones which mature in the fall. Needles are evergreen, and the pinecones provide an excellent source of food for wildlife and birds, including Pine Siskins. Very tolerant of drought, also tolerant of clay, gravel, sand, pollution, and poor soils in general, but intolerant of salt. Growth habit tends to be somewhat angular and open, especially in mature trees, which ultimately tend to form a flat top.
1-3 foot tall
Plant Hardiness Zones: 5b-8a
Native Range: NY south to GA, west to MS and north to IL. Rare in NY, MS, IL, and IN. Native in Canada in ON
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