Pinus torreyana Parry ex Carrière
Pinaceae (Pine Family)
USDA Symbol: pito
Medium-sized tree with open, spreading crown of branches; shrubby on exposed sites.
One of the rarest native conifers; only several thousand trees exist. A large part of the mainland grove north of San Diego is within Torrey Pines State Park. When cultivated elsewhere for shade and commercial forestry in moist, warm climates, the trees grow rapidly to large size.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Leaf Arrangement: Fascicled
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Linear
Leaf Margin: Serrulate
Leaf Apex: Acute
Breeding System: Flowers Unisexual , Monoecious
Fruit Type: Cone
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red , Brown
Native Distribution: S. California (San Diego County) and Santa Rosa Island; to 500' (152 m).
Native Habitat: Limited to 2 areas on dry, sandy bluffs and slopes; in pure stands.
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
BibliographyBibref 995 - Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A. (2000) Wasowski, S. and A. Wasowski
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From the ArchiveWildflower Newsletter 1984 VOL. 1, NO.4 - Lady Bird Heartened by Progress, Horticultural Society Annual Meeting Held, Dire...
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Pinus torreyana in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Pinus torreyana in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Pinus torreyana
MetadataRecord Modified: 2012-05-30
Research By: TWC Staff