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Southwestern White Pine, Limber Pine, Border Limber Pine, Border White Pine, Mexican White Pine
Pinus strobiformis


Southwestern white pine is one of the loveliest and rarest Texas pines, with bluish-green needles and light silvery younger bark. It grows high on rocky slopes in the Davis and Guadalupe Mountains of west Texas, sometimes to 90 feet tall. Its needles are finely serrated, 3 to 6 inches long, in clusters of five. The cylindrical cones are 2 1/2 to 10 inches long and without prickles on the scales.

Plant Habit or Use: upright conifer large tree

Exposure: sun

Flower Color: reddish to reddish purple cones

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: yellow-brown to rich brown cylindrical cones 2 1/2 -10 in. long

Height: to 90 ft.

Width: to 60 ft.

Plant Character: evergreen

Heat Tolerance: high medium

Water Requirements: low

Soil Requirements: adaptable

USDA Hardiness Zone: 6

Additional Comments: True limber pine, P. flexilis, occurs in the northern highlands of New Mexico.

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