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LIMBER PINE

PInus flexilis

Pinaceae

Limber pine is a mid- to high-elevation pine, usually growing from 8000 feet to 12,000 feet on windy and dryish sites throughout the west. In California, it occurs only in spots in the Eastern Sierra and White Mountains, and select peaks in Southern California. Limber pine can be long lived, reportedly to 2000 years.

Bark is lightish, branches are flexible and upcurved; needles are in bundles of five, 1.5 to 3 inches long; and seed cones are 3 to 6 inches, egg-shaped to spherical. They are bright green ripening to lightish yellow brown.

Range map of Limber pine (Pinus flexilis) from Wikipedia