From California Natives Wiki
Species Name: Pinus sabiniana
Common Name: Gray or Foothill Pine, Ghost Pine
- Open, airy multi-trunk pine that has a vase or fan-like shape and beautiful grey foliage. Casts a light, feathery shade. Extremely tough and very picturesque. Sweet edible seeds.
- Plant Family: Pinaceae
- Plant Type: Tree
- Height by Width: 40-80' H x 10-30' W
- Growth Habit: Mult-trunked, open
- Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
- Growth Rate: Fast
- Sun Exposure: Full sun
- Soil Preference: Well-draining, rocky
- Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to infrequent
- Cold Hardy to: 5,000'
- Flower Season: Cones
- Flower Color: Cones
- Endangered?: Not Listed
- Distribution: Throughout California except in San Joaquin Valley, Cascade Range, and Northwest
- Natural Habitat: Foothill woodland, Northern Oak Woodland, chaparral, infertile soils in mixed conifer/hardwood forests
- Care and Maintenance
- Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
- From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "A rapid growing tree and the best pine for hot dry locations. Beautiful long drooping silvery green foliage. Quite distinct in appearance from other pines. In typical specimens the trunk has a habit of parking into several erect branches forming a broom-like top. Gallon cans, 50c; 5 gallon cans, $1.75."
- Other Names
- Also known by the derogatory common name Digger Pine.
- Payne's 1941 catalog uses the common name Sabin Nut Pine.
- Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.