Pinus pungens


Pinus pungens table mountain pine

Plant grows in the wild/spontaneouslyPlant is native to PA

Evergreen pine which will grow up to 12 m tall with a straight or crooked trunk up and a rounded, irregular crown.  The epithet pungens refers to the prickly cones of this species.  The cones stay on the tree for many years after opening.

Grows in dry, rocky soils on slopes of mountain ridges.

Tree  single or multiple crooked trunks; wide irregular crown on horizontal branches

Needles  two needles per cluster; stout, stiff and sightly twisted; dark green with white stripes

Bark  reddish brown wih thin furrows and small scales

Cones  green when young, turning light brown at maturity; in clusters of 3 to 5, often points downward; stalkless & egg-shaped; outer edge has curved spine; contains many windged seeds.

Two needles per cluster

S-rank:  S4 (Apparently secure)
G-rank:  G4 (Apparently secure)