Pinus balfouriana Balf.
Pinaceae (Pine Family)
USDA Symbol: PIBA
Pine with very short needles crowded against twigs suggesting a foxtail, and irregular crown of short, spreading branches; a shrub at timberline.
Foxtail Pine is closely related to Bristlecone Pine, which is sometimes also called Foxtail Pine because of the similar foliage. Bristlecone Pine, inhabiting high mountains farther east, has shorter cones, with each cone-scale ending in a slender bristle.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Linear
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Not Applicable
Native Distribution: Local in mountains of N. California and Sierra Nevada of E. central California; at 6000-11,500 (1829-3505 m).
Native Habitat: Exposed, dry, rocky slopes and ridges of high mountains in subalpine zone to timberline; with Whitebark Pine.
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Pinus balfouriana in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Pinus balfouriana in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff