|synonyms: Bristlecone Fir, Santa Lucia Fir|
|tree/shrub type: Conifers|
|size: Tall forest trees (above 10m)|
|leaf type: Needles/Needle like|
|types of fruit: Trees and shrubs with cones|
|flowering period: Spring|
|leaf colour: Leaves green|
|plants for a purpose: Scented leaves|
|growing conditions: Frost tolerant plants USDA zone 7 to -10°F or -22°C|
Abies bracteata (D.Don) Nutt. Santa Lucia Fir Bristlecone Fir Native to the canyons and rocky mountain tops of the Santa Lucia Mountains, California at altitudes around 900m (3000ft). Grown as an ornamental tree elsewhere, notably N. Italy. Height to 45m (150ft). Male flowers are 2-3cm (1in) long clustered on undersides of leaves, shedding pollen at the end of May, females solitary 2-3cm (1in) long developing into unmistakable cones 10cm (4in) long. The tree is also easily distinguished by its long, 5cm (2in), sharp pointed needles and chestnut brown pointed buds, which look similar to the buds of beech trees. Z7.
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