• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, water deeply, occasionally; more in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slow growing; reaches 20 to 25 ft. tall, 10 to 15 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Handsome Specimen Tree
    Blooms:
    Conifer; prized for foliage.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:PY-nus FLEK-sil-is
    Plant type:Conifer
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Sunset climate zones:1 - 11, 14 - 21
    Growth habit:Pyramidal
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slow growing; reaches 20 to 25 ft. tall, 10 to 15 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Blue-green
    Blooms:Conifer; prized for foliage.
    Design IdeasThis Pine produces fluffy foliage that resembles a Cedar from a distance. It is remarkably resilient and an important component in Midwestern shelterbelts and windbreaks. Adapts well to dry conditions in the West, both in semidesert and mountain foothill regions where soils are thin and poor. Makes a very graceful single specimen for front yards, parks or expansive estate-sized landscapes.
    Companion PlantsMaple (Acer); Winterberry (Ilex); Switch Grass (Panicum); Weigela (Weigela); Spruce (Picea)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide enriched, loamy, well-drained soil. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; once established, reduce frequency. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Prune only to remove old, damaged or dead branches.Pruning time: spring.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, water deeply, occasionally; more in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This is a moderately sized forest tree that is native to a large range of the Rocky Mountains from Wyoming to New Mexico and into parts of California and the most of the west. It was first identified and classified by Rocky Mountain plant collector and botanist, Edwin James, 1797-1861. It was strangely misclassified later into its own genus as Apinus flexilis by Per Axel Rydberg, 1860-1931, while he was with the New York Botanical Garden. This patented variety is not doubt an offspring or sport of P. f. glauca due to the blue-green foliage, and may be the only widely grown form of this species in cultivation today.