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Pinus attenuata

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Species Name: Pinus attenuata
Common Name: Knobcone Pine

Fast-growing pine. Excellent choice for local foothills. Smog tolerant. Prefers shallow, rocky, infertile soils especially serpentine.

Plant Family: Pinaceae
Plant Type: Tree
Height by Width: 20-40' H x 20' W
Growth Habit: Multiple, erect, crooked trunks
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Moderate to fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining, rocky, acidic
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to: 0 degrees F
Flower Season: Cones
Flower Color: Cones
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Northwest, Cascade Range, Sierra Nevada, Eastern San Francisco Bay, South Coast Ranges, San Bernardino Mtns, Peninsular Ranges, Modoc Plataeu, SW Oregon, Baja
Natural Habitat: Chaparral, woodlands, closed cone pine forests below 5,700'

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  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "Small tree of rather broad compact growth when young. Rich bright green foliage; especially good for dry locations. Gallon cans, 50c; 5 gallon cans, $1.75."
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