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Bristlecone Pine Seeds

PRODUCT TYPE: Natural Specimen

The seeds are packed with all the genetic material needed to develop into the oldest type of organism on the planet, a bristlecone pine tree.

Bristlecone pines are a group of 3 species of pine trees that can live for thousands of years. The oldest confirmed, non-clonal organism on the planet is a 4,850 year old bristlecone pine. Its called Methuselah, and its exact location in California is kept secret.

The oldest known non-living tree was also a bristlecone pine, called Prometheus, that was accidentally cut down in 1964 at 4,900 years old.

Dendroclimatologists depend on these ancient trees’ rings to provide the longest continual climate record.

Bristlecone pine thrives in harsh environments, especially rocky soil, with high winds and no rainfall. This typically limits them to high altitudes where they don’t have to compete with other plants. Keep this in mind when finding your tree a home.

Bristlecone pine wood is resistant to rot and insects. This means trees can continue to stand for centuries after they’ve died and even erode from water and wind like stone.

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BRISTLECONE PINE

Bristlecone pines grow in isolated groves just below the tree line, between 5,600 and 11,200 ft (1,700 and 3,400 m) elevation on dolomitic soils. The trees grow in soils that are shallow lithosols, usually derived from dolomite and sometimes limestone, and occasionally sandstone or quartzite soils. Dolomitic soils are alkaline, high in calcium and magnesium , and low in phosphorus. Those factors tend to exclude other plant species, allowing bristlecones to thrive. Because of cold temperatures, dry soils, high winds, and short growing seasons, the trees grow very slowly. Even the tree's needles, which grow in bunches of five, can remain on the tree for forty years, which gives the tree's terminal branches the unique appearance of a long bottle brush.

The bristlecone pine's root system is mostly composed of highly branched, shallow roots, while a few large, branching roots provide structural support. The bristlecone pine is extremely drought tolerant due to its branched shallow root system, its waxy needles, and thick needle cuticles that aid in water retention.

The wood is very dense and resinous, and thus resistant to invasion by insects, fungi, and other potential pests. The tree's longevity is due in part to the wood's extreme durability. While other species of trees that grow nearby suffer rot, bare bristlecone pines can endure, even after death, often still standing on their roots, for many centuries. Rather than rot, exposed wood, on living and dead trees, erodes like stone due to wind, rain, and freezing, which creates unusual forms and shapes.

The bristlecone pine has an intrinsically low rate of reproduction and regeneration, and it is thought that under present climatic and environmental conditions the rate of regeneration may be insufficient to sustain its population. The species are on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) red list. The species are labeled under Least Concern (LC), the justification for this being that no subpopulations for Great Basin bristlecone pines are decreasing. Subpopulations seem to be increasing or remaining stable. Many bristlecone pine habitats have been protected, including the Inyo National Forest 's Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest in the White Mountains of California and the Great Basin National Park in Nevada, where cutting or gathering wood is prohibited.

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S.I. (Massachusetts, United States)
Earth treasure

Very cool specimens to have and plant!

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M.G. (Texas, United States)
bristlecone pine seeds, it's all good, but

I figured out your seeds are the aristata and I was really looking for the longaeva

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D.H. (Utah, United States)
Excellent Experience

The whole process was easy; the purchase promptly sent/received; immaculately packaged and the seeds looked robust. Will definitely purchase again

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M.A.J. (Pennsylvania, United States)

Didnt receive them yet

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M.W. (California, United States)
Wonderfully packaged! I love it.

I am so impressed by how this company packages it's products. Super professional. I look forward to my next purchase!

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Bristlecone Pine Seeds

Bristlecone Pine Seeds

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