Pinus aristata 'Bashful' / Bashful bristlecone pine

Pinus aristata 'Bashful' #75 is a small, compact, upright pyramidal dwarf selection of Rocky Mountain bristlecone pine. It has small green needles with the characteristic resin flakes of the species, exceptionally big buds and abundant small cones at a relatively young age. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 2 feet (60 cm) tall and wide, an annual growth rate of 1.5 inches (3.8 cm).

This cultivar originated as a witch's broom found in the 1990s by Jerry Morris of Lakewood, Colorado. 'Bashful' is one of seven dwarf bristlecone pines found on a plateau near South Park, Colorado. He whimsically named this group The Seven Dwarfs. Jerry specifically found this one near Big Scamp Campground. This conifer is part of the Jerry Morris Rocky Mountain Conifer Collection.

Pinus aristata 'Bashful' at the ACS Reference Garden, Oregon Garden, Silverton, OR.
Photo by David Olszyk
Pinus aristata 'Bashful' A close up of the same tree at Oregon Garden showing branch, needle and cone detail.
Photo by David Olszyk

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