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Pinus balfouriana Balf.
USDA Symbol: PIBA
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
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.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Tree Leaf Complexity: Simple Leaf Shape:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Not Applicable
DistributionUSA: CA 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.
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff