Bristlecone pine tree information

Bristlecone Pine

Plant Lore:
The Bristlecone Pine was first documented by F. Cruetzfeldt, a botanist with the Pacific Railway, in 1853. The group he was with was looking for a new route over the Rocky Mountains, and found themselves in the Cochetopa pass in Colorado (now, Colorado State Hwy 114). Cruetzfeldt wrote in his journal that the area was “covered with a scanty growth of pine”. He collected one branch and no cones, (bad botanical sample). Later, as the group moved into eastern Utah, they were attacked by a group of Ute Indians, and the entire party was killed. One of the accounts claimed that by the time the bodies were found, most had already been eaten by wolves. This is now known as the “Gunnison Massacre” after the leader of the group. Needless to say, the branch sample and all of Cruetzfeldt’s notes were lost. Governor Brigham Young, having heard the rumors of the massacre, was able to procure the sample and all of Cruetzfeldt’s notes back from the Ute tribe, and had them sent East where the species was classified.
The Bristlecone Pine was “rediscovered” by Dr. Edmund Schulman in the mid 1950s. In fact, it was his party that found and dated the “Methuselah” tree. He reported his findings to the National Geographic Society in 1958. This article brought much fame to the “Schulman grove” and it was set aside by the USFS.
The tree is used heavily in the science of dendrochronology, where tree rings of known ages are compared against environmental conditions and a history of previous environmental conditions is recorded. Because the trees are thousands of years old, we can understand what the environment was like thousands of years ago, just by comparing the tree rings.
The tree is also noteworthy because the needles stay on the limb for over 40 years, unlike most other pines, which shed their needles every few years. This is important, because the tree can go through periods when it does not grow at all. At such high elevations (8,000-11,000 ft), there are years when the environment does not thaw. This prevents the tree from putting on a new year’s growth (both foliage and cambium rings.) By keeping its needles longer, the tree doesn’t lose all of its foliage without having the opportunity to grow new needles. It also means that a tree with 900 obvious rings may be significantly older.
Great longevity is also insured by highly resinous wood which helps prevent the trees from desiccating in the hot, dry temperatures. This resin also helps shield the bristlecones from insects and harmful bacteria that prey upon many other, more fragile trees.

How long can pine trees live?

Pine trees can live over 5,000 years.

What Is the Oldest Tree in the World?

The planet’s trees have seen plenty of history pass by their trunks. In fact, they began to populate Earth 385 million years ago, toward the end of the Devonian period. Considered living historical records, the organisms can withstand generations of development and change.

But which tree has been around the longest?

Until 2013, the oldest individual tree in the world was Methuselah, a 4,845-year-old Great Basin bristlecone pine (Pinus longaeva) in the White Mountains of California. Researchers at the Rocky Mountain Tree-Ring Research Group then announced the age of another P. longaeva also located in the White Mountains — this one 5,062 years old.

Europe’s oldest tree, crowned in 2016, is a 1,075-year-old Bosnian pine (Pinus heldreichii) growing in Greece. The tree — named Adonis after the Greek god of beauty, youth and desire — took root in A.D. 941, when the Vikings were still raiding along European coastlines. Europe is home to some even longer-lived trees, but these have yet to be officially dated.

Other long living species of trees:

The world’s 10 oldest living trees

  • Spruce are similar to pine and can also live a long time. Fir vs. Spruce vs. Pine: How to tell them apart – FineGardening
  • Yew.
  • Alerce – The Alerce is a common name for Fitzroya cupressoides
  • Species Cariniana legalis
  • Cypress – A 2,624-Year-Old Tree Has Just Been Found Growing in a Swamp in America
  • Olive trees
  • Chestnuts
  • Sequoia

Old tree colonies… which survive longer than any individual tree.

Clonal trees

Though these are some of the oldest individual trees in the world, they are technically not the oldest living organisms. There are several clonal colonies — which are made up of genetically identical trees connected by a single root system — that are much older.

For example, the Pando, or “trembling giant,” is a clonal colony made up of more than 40,000 individual quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides) trees, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Located in Fishlake National Forest in south-central Utah, the colony is estimated to be an astounding 80,000 years

Check out these images of the Great Basin Bristlecone Pine, Pinus longaeva, one of Earth’s oldest living things. Images of this and other ancient trees are courtesy of Linda & Dr. Dick Buscher.

Ancient sentinels

The Great Basin Bristlecone Pine (Pinus longaeva) is considered to be one of the oldest living organisms found anywhere on Earth. Along with its genetic cousins, the Sierra Foxtail Pine (Pinus balfouriana) and the Rocky Mountain Bristlecone Pine (Pinus aristata), these ancient sentinels stand at the highest elevations of the Rocky Mountains, just below the tree line. They are scattered across high, mountain regions of the states of California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico.

A harsh upbringing

Great Basin Bristlecone Pines are most common along the eastern edge of the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains of eastern California and Nevada. Here growing conditions are extreme with high winds, short growing seasons and many months of freezing temperatures. Yet even in such harsh conditions, the slow-growing Great Basin Bristlecone Pine can grow to a height of over 50 feet (16 meters), with a trunk diameter of 145 inches (368 centimeteres) and reach an age of over 5,000 years.

Energy-saving needles

The needles of the Great Basin Bristlecone Pine have a blunted end and are a deep, yellow-green in color. They are found in groupings of five and are 1 to 1.5 inches (2.54 to 3.81 cm) in length with a bottlebrush appearance. These needles are unique in that they live upwards of 30 years, thus allowing the tree to conserve energy by not having to reproduce new needles. Both male and female cones are found on the same tree. Shown here are the rust-colored male cones that in mid-summer release clouds of yellow pollen to fertilize the female cones.

Slow to mature

Unlike most members of the conifer family, the female bristlecone pine cone takes two years to develop and produce viable seeds. Shown here at the tip of the branch is a small, dark-purple cone just beginning the two years’ growth to maturity.

Almost ready

A nearly mature cone will be 2.5 to 3.5 inches (6.35 to 8.89 cm) in length and will also be covered with an abundance of glistening sap. The classic characteristic of these cones are the long, sharp hooked spines that are located on the scales of the female cone and give rise to the species name — bristlecone pine.

Energy efficiency

The extreme conditions in which the bristlecone pine naturally live result in a very slow rate of growth. During the short summer months the sapling’s energy must go into the production of cones and nutrient reserves for another long, soon-arriving winter. Bristlecone pines only add about 1/100 inch (0.025 cm) of girth each growing season. All of this must quickly occur in an environment that receives only an average of 10 inches (25.4 cm) of precipitation each year.

Adapting to thrive

Bristlecone pines have developed several adaptations that help them survive such a long life. They thrive in soils such as alkaline dolomite and granite that restrict the growth of other plants. They grow in rocky areas with little ground vegetation, which protects them from catastrophic wildfires. Bristlecone pines can lose up to 90 percent of their bark and survive as long as a strip of bark continues to connect their living branches with their underground roots. Finally, bristlecone pine wood is extremely dense and full of resin, which helps fight off disease and harmful insects.

Interesting trunks

Bristlecone pine trees are often multi-trunked and become twisted and gnarled in appearance as a result of the extreme wind and elements in which they grow. The bark of young trees tends to be red-brown in color and covered with thick, irregular grooves and ridges. As the trees grow older, much of the bark and underlying tissue will die back if damaged by storms, drought or fire.

Effects of environment

The dead wood of the bristlecone pine is often smoothed by the elements of ice and wind, creating unique and beautiful landscapes across the high, rugged mountaintops. Since these trees tend to grow at elevations between 5,000 and 10,000 feet (1,500 and 3,000 m), the wind blows almost constantly, drying out what little moisture that falls upon the soil. In some extreme years, a bristlecone pine will not even add a ring of growth.

Long-living and hearty

The Great Basin Bristlecone Pine is thought to be the longest-lived of all sexually reproducing, nonclonal species on Earth. In the White Mountains area of eastern California, many individual trees are known to have lived for over 5,000 years. The density and heavy resin in the wood results in the extremely slow decay of fallen trees. Scientists report that dendrochronological evidence suggests the ancient log seen above died about 1676 CE and was about 3,200 years old when it died.

A place to learn and explore

Visiting an ancient bristlecone pine forest is made easier by traveling to places like the Schulman Grove Visitor Center in the Inyo National Forest some 22 miles east of Big Pine, California. Located at an elevation of 10,069 feet (3,069 m), this USDA Forest Service facility not only protects the ancient forest that surrounds it, but also opens the forest for visitors to learn and enjoy. Two hiking trails allow for a leisurely exploration of the unique land where Great Basin Bristlecone Pine trees dominate the landscape.

A unique view into the past

The bristlecone pine forests of the American West have survived and thrived in their extreme environment for unknown centuries. Some found here sprouted and began to grow before the building of the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. The events of ancient Earth climate events recorded in their growth rings provide scientists with a unique and invaluable view into the past. They are truly one of nature’s most amazing of organisms with whom we share the Earth.

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Bristlecone Pines – The Oldest Trees on Earth

The Great Basin Bristlecone Pines, or Pinus longaeva, is a long-living species of tree found in the higher mountains of the southwest United States. Bristlecone pines grow in isolated groves in the arid mountain regions of six western states of America, but the oldest are found in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest in the White Mountains of California. These trees have a remarkable ability to survive in extremely harsh and challenging environment. In fact, they are believed to be the some of oldest living organisms in the world, with lifespans in excess of 5,000 years.

Bristlecone pines grow just below the tree line, between 5,000 and 10,000 feet of elevation. At these great heights, the wind blows almost constantly and the temperatures can dip to well below zero. The soil is dry receiving less than a foot of rainfall a year. Because of these extreme conditions, the trees grow very slowly, and in some years don’t even add a ring of growth. Even the tree’s needles, which grow in bunches of five, can remain green for forty years.

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Pinus longaeva’s wood is very dense and resinous, and thus resistant to invasion by insects, fungi, and other potential pests. The wood’s extreme durability plays a big part in the tree’s longevity. 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 ancient warped and twisted bristlecone pine trees draw huge number of photographers, painters and other artists.

The oldest Pinus longaeva was discovered growing in the White Mountains of eastern California. The tree is an astounding 5,062 years old, as of 2012, and still living. Another specimen nicknamed “Methuselah”, also located in the White Mountains near Bishop, is 4,843 years old (as of 2012). The exact location of both trees are kept secret to prevent tourists and hikers from damaging the trees. Previously, a 4,862-year old Bristlecone pine nicknamed “Prometheus”, was cut down shortly after it was discovered in 1964 by a geology graduate searching for evidence of Ice Age glaciers.

Bristlecone pines are now protected in a number of areas owned by the United States federal government, such as the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest in the White Mountains of California and the Great Basin National Park in Nevada.

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Bristlecone Pine Information – Planting Bristlecone Pines In Landscapes

Few plants are more interesting than bristlecone pine trees (Pinus aristata), short evergreens that are native to mountains in this country. They grow very slowly but live a very long time. For more bristlecone pine information, including tips on planting bristlecone pines, read on.

Bristlecone Pine Information

Remarkable bristlecone pine trees grow in the mountains in the west. You’ll find them in New Mexico and Colorado, and across to the California-Nevada border. They grow in rocky, dry sites where conditions simply do not permit fast growth. And, in fact, they grow very slowly. A typical 14-year-old bristlecone pine tree growing in the wild is only about 4 feet (1.2 m.) tall.

Bristlecone pine trees cannot be called classically beautiful, with their gnarled, twisted trunks, but they are certainly picturesque. They have curved, dark green needles about 1 inch (2.5 cm.) long in groups of five. Branches look a little like bottle brushes.

Bristlecone pine trees’ fruit are woody, reddish cones, with thick scales. They are tipped with a long bristle, giving them their common name. The tiny seeds inside the cone are winged.

And they truly have long lives. In fact, it isn’t uncommon for these trees to live thousands of years in the wild. The Great Basin bristlecone (P. longaeva), for instance, has been found to live about 5,000 years old.

Bristlecone Pines in Landscapes

If you are thinking of putting bristlecone pines in landscapes in your backyard, you’ll need a little information. These tree’s slow growth rate is a big plus in a rock garden or small area. They thrive in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 4 through 7.

Bristlecone pine tree growing is not difficult. These native trees accept most soils including poor soil, rocky soil, alkaline soil or acidic soil. Don’t try planting bristlecone pine trees in areas with clay soil, however, since good drainage is essential.

Bristlecone pines in landscapes also need full sun. They cannot grow in shady areas. They also require some protection from drying winds.

They do not tolerate urban pollution, so big city planting is probably not possible. However, they sink deep roots into the soil and, when established, are extremely drought resistant. The root makes it difficult to transplant bristlecone pine trees that have been in the ground for a while.

All about Bristlecone Pines, the oldest tree species on the planet

How many of you have heard of the oldest living tree species on Earth? Well if you haven’t, Bristlecone Pine (Pinus longaeva) trees, native to southern United States, are the oldest trees on the planet; by oldest we mean, around 5000 years old. Yes, you read that correct! These trees must have seen around for many decades, must have borne many natural calamities, yet survived the test of time.
Today, they stand still and healthy, and people from far and near visit them to understand the mystery behind their super long existence.
Where to find them?

You can find these in the higher mountains of the southwest United States, where they grow in isolated groves. If you want to check out the oldest of them, you’ll have to visit Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest in the White Mountains of California. Here, you will be surrounded by the oldest living organisms in the world. The life of these trees has been estimated to be more than 5,000 years, which is no less a wonder!
These trees grow till 5,000 and 10,000 ft, and at such great heights, Bristlecone pines keep up through horrendous temperature and weather. Also the wind blows constantly in the region and the soil turns too dry because of less rainfall. Given these conditions, the Bristlecone pines grow slowly compared to other trees, and in some trees, the growth is negligible, it is that slow.
White Mountains of California

White Mountains of California is home to the oldest Bristlecone pine tree, which is surprisingly 5,069 years old! There is another one which is 4,850 years old. However, no one knows the exact location of these two trees. It’s being kept as a secret to save these trees from hungry tourists, hikers and influencers, fearing they might cause damage to them. Also, back in the year 1964, a 4,862-year-old pine tree, which was known as Prometheus, was cut down soon after it was discovered.
As of now, Pinus longaeva are protected by the US Federal Government and harming these might cause trouble to people. For those who wish to have a closer look at the oldest living organisms on the Earth, they can visit either Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest in the White Mountains, California or the Great Basin National Park, Nevada.

Bristlecone pines are the oldest living trees

Many trees enjoy extremely long lives in comparison to humans and other animals. Yet one group of trees, the bristlecone pines, stands out as the most ancient of all, with individual trees that commonly live for thousands of years, including one that has survived more than 5000 years. See also: Tree

Bristlecone pines are small- to medium-sized, slow-growing, long-living evergreen trees belonging to the genus Pinus (order Pinales, division Pinophyta). They belong to three species: the Great Basin bristlecone pine (P. longaeva), which lives to be especially old; the foxtail pine (P. balfouriana), which is rarer and has a “near-threatened” conservation status; and the Rocky Mountains bristlecone pine (P. aristata), which is the most populous. Typically gnarly and stunted in appearance, bristlecone pines are found at high altitudes in the western United States (including Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, and Utah), where they have adapted to harsh environments. They can grow in rocky soils with little rainfall and can withstand extreme seasonal temperature fluctuations. The bristlecone pine tree has dense branches with rust-brown bark, short needles in bunches of five, and thorn-tipped cone scales. See also: Dendrology; Pine

Great Basin bristlecone pine (Pinus longaeva) on a trail at Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah. (Photo courtesy of the National Park Service)

The extraordinary durability of the dense wood of bristlecone pines, which makes them remarkably resistant to pests, insects, and rot, is one of the keys to their incredible longevity. Bristlecone pines can grow during years when conditions are favorable, but then almost completely halt their growth during years when conditions are adverse. That slow growth process allows the wood of the trees to build in density, thereby preserving and sustaining the inner living vascular systems. Bristlecone pines also have adapted in various ways to the threats from periodic drought and near-drought, which they inevitably face during their long lives. These adaptations include a shallow, highly branched root system and waxy, thick needles that provide extra water retention. See also: Adaptation (biology); Drought; Plant tissue systems; Plant-water relations; Tree growth; Wood anatomy; Wood properties

In 2016, with the help of dendrochronological measurements and radiocarbon dating methods, scientists identified a specimen of Great Basin bristlecone pine that has been growing in the White Mountains in California for slightly more than 5000 years. (The location of the tree has been kept secret to protect it.) Other Great Basin bristlecone pine trees have been assigned ages of 4000–5000 years. The other species of bristlecone pines do not seem to live as long, although some of them have reached ages of 2000–3000 years as well. Because of their remarkable age, bristlecone pines are extremely useful to climate scientists, who can analyze the widths of the annual growth rings in the trees for use in their paleoclimate reconstructions. See also: Dendrochronology; Paleoclimatology; Radiocarbon dating

The Great Basin bristlecone pine tree that has lived for more than 5000 years qualifies as the most ancient known living nonclonal organism on the planet. Some types of trees that grow as clonal colonies can reach far greater ages: for example, a poplar forest of quaking aspens in Fishlake National Forest in Utah known as the Pando (or trembling giant) is estimated to be 80,000 years old. The 40,000 trees in that forest are genetically identical clones that share a root system. No individual trees within the aspen forest survive to great age, however, which is why comparisons of the ages of clonal colonies and nonclonal individuals are generally considered invalid. See also: Cloning; Poplar; Root (botany)

Bristlecone Pines

The Prometheus Story

Bristlecone pines are said to be the oldest known living trees. They often grow in a twisted fashion at high altitudes. These trees also have sectored architecture, which means that sections of the tree are supported by big roots. These roots feed only the sections of tree directly above them. As one root dies off due to exposure through soil erosion, only the sector of tree above that root dies. It is common at high elevations to see bristlecone pines with only one or two living sectors, defined by a strip of bark.

In the summer of 1964, a geographer by the name of Donald R. Currey was doing research on ice age glaciology in the moraines of Wheeler Peak. He was granted permission from the United States Forest Service to take core samples from numerous bristlecone pines growing in a grove beneath Wheeler Peak to try and age the glacial features these ancient trees grow on. Currey was studying the variations in width of the rings of bristlecone pine trees, which were believed to be over 4,000 years old, to determine patterns of good and bad growing seasons in the past. Due to their old age, these trees act as climatic vaults, storing thousands of years of weather data within their rings. This method of research is valuable to the study of climate change.

Currey found a tree in this grove he believed to be well over 4,000 years old. This tree was known by local mountaineers as Prometheus. There are several accounts of how Prometheus met its end. Some say Currey’s increment borer, the tool used to take core samples, broke off in the tree. Others say he did not know how to core such a large tree, or that the borer was too short. Yet others say Currey felt he needed a full cross section to better examine the rings of the tree. We may never know the true story of what happened to Prometheus, but we do know one thing for certain; Currey had permission from the Forest Service to have the tree cut down. Counting the rings later revealed that Prometheus contained 4,862 growth rings. Due to the harsh conditions these trees grow in, it is likely that a growth ring did not form every year. Because of this, Prometheus was estimated at being 4,900 years old, the oldest known tree of its time. After the death of Prometheus, the oldest known living tree was a 4,847 year old bristlecone pine found in the White Mountains of California. It wasn’t until 2012 when another bristlecone from the same area proved to be 5,065 years old. There is a good chance there are older bristlecone pines that have not yet been dated.

According to ancient Greek myths, Prometheus was an immortal who brought fire (symbolic of knowledge) to humans. Prometheus the bristlecone pine also imparted much knowledge to humans. Information gained by studying this significant tree added to the knowledge of carbon dating (which is valuable to archeologists and paleontologists) and climate data. Bristlecone pines are now protected on federal lands.

The stump of Prometheus is all that remains of the ancient giant within the grove. If you would like to travel through history by counting the rings of Prometheus, you can do so at the Great Basin National Park visitor center.

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At nearly 5,000 years old, the Bristlecone Pine trees found at the tops of the highest mountains in the Great Basin are some of the oldest living organisms on earth.

The harsh environment at these high elevations actually creates the conditions that cause these trees to live so long. They are found in wildly twisted shapes as one section of the tree dies and continues to grow. At lower elevations, bristlecones look like normal trees and have much shorter life spans.

Bristlecone pines grow in isolated groves at and just below the tree line. Because of cold temperatures, dry soils, high winds, and short growing seasons, the trees grow very slowly. The wood is very dense and resinous, and thus resistant to invasion by insects, fungi, and other potential pests. As the tree ages, much of its bark may die; in very old specimens often leaving only a narrow strip of living tissue to connect the roots to the handful of live branches.

Normal height for older trees is about 15 to 30 feet, although some have attained a height of 60 feet. Diameter growth continues throughout the long life of the tree, resulting in massive trunks with a few contorted limbs.

NRS 235.040 State trees. The trees known as the single-leaf pinon (Pinus monophylla) and the bristlecone pine (Pinus longaeva) are hereby designated as the official state trees of the State of Nevada.

There are large groups of bristlecones on Mt. Wheeler, Mt. Washington, and Mt. Moriah. The grove on Mt. Wheeler is the most accessible with a developed trail to the stand from the 10,000-ft. Wheeler Peak Campground.

Primarily found in the Great Basin National Park and the Mt. Moriah Wilderness Area

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When you first come face to face with a bristlecone pine, you just know that these trees have= lived a long life. You grasp it from the way the trunk bends and twists, from its stunted height, and from the parts that barely seem alive. Even if you don’t stop long to ponder these ancients, you can see that the wind and rain and snow and heat have taken their toll; you can see what the description “weathered” truly means.

Bristlecone pines are found sparsely scattered in small stands throughout California and Nevada (and some in Utah) at elevations from 9,800 to 11,000 feet. Their twisted trunks vary from 8 to 11 feet in diameter. Typically standing 30-feet tall or less in the dry, high-elevation zones, bristlecones can grow to 60 feet in low-elevation sites with more water.

The name bristlecone comes from the small prickly bristle that forms on the immature cones. When the cones mature to a size of 2 to 4 inches long and 1.2 to 1.6 inches wide, they are pollinated by wind from other nearby trees. Once the cones are fertilized, the seeds are released and dispersed by wind with the help of a small wing-like sheath attached to the seed.

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In the White Mountains of California, these trees have stood as sentinels for millennia. The “Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest” is located in a small range of the White Mountains on the eastern edge of California. The grove is home to the famous 4,848-yearold Methuselah tree and to another that is an incredible 5,067 years old. They are the two oldest non-clonal organisms on Earth (meaning they don’t reproduce through cloning, making their trunks as old as their roots).

The incredible age of these contorted creatures has helped scientists better understand changes in climate and how to document the age of other carbon bearing materials. Based on the rings of the bristlecone trees in the White Mountains, researchers developed a tree history dating back 10,000 years.

This proved instrumental in recalibrating the radio carbon dating process and has provided more accurate understanding of when human civilizations inhabited past lands, what past volcanic eruptions have done to vegetation growth, and what our climate looked like thousands of years ago.

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Science aside, these trees humble a person who considers their enduring nature. They have been growing, absorbing carbon and producing oxygen on these barren dolomite mountains since before the pyramids in Egypt were constructed, around the time pre-Mayan society was forming. When Columbus crossed the Atlantic, these trees were already 4,000 years old.

Ready to walk among these aged wonders? Want to learn from their years of knowledge or steep in their ancient aura? Fortunately for you (and the trees), they live not in a private garden or fenced-in park, but on the Inyo National Forest, your public land. Start your visit at the Schulman Grove Visitor Center on the Inyo, high up in the White Mountains. The Center is open during the summer and provides educational exhibits. You can also take the famous 4.5-mile Methuselah trail where you can enjoy vast scenic vistas and try to guess which tree is Methuselah, as no sign points it out.

Yes, these gnarled specimens are well weathered. As you ponder them, take a moment to consider what 5,000 years of wind, sun, snow and rain would make you look like.

Nursery Announces Tree Sale!

It does not get much better than this, quality trees from the CSFS Nursery on sale until stock runs out!

Over the past couple of years, as it goes in many tree nurseries, some of our trees have been victims of voles and rabbits. These animals will chew through the tubes and injure the root systems, girdle the trees, or even bite the tops off.

While frustrating for us, when this happens, we do not immediately give up on the injured trees. Instead, we hold onto them and see if we can’t nurture them back to health. We do, after all, want to have as many trees available as possible for the betterment of Colorado (and surrounding states)!

Fortunately for you, because of this tactic, we can now offer a good number of healed/healing, healthy, growing trees at a discounted rate.

Keep in mind that these trees have been hit in a negative manner at one point or another and this may affect certain aspects of aesthetics, e.g., marks on the bark. However, they are absolutely alive and well and should grow into the beautiful specimen you expect them to be.

So, what trees fall into this category? And how much do they cost?

Trees Available

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Right now through the end of September! Take advantage of this offer while it lasts. This is the perfect opportunity to start that fall planting project you’ve been planning for so long.

Don’t feel confident about doing a fall planting? Not to worry, we will be more than happy to chat with you about the pros and cons and some strategies you can use to be more successful.

Not wanting to plant now? That’s fine, too; this deal can still work for you. Buy, transfer (to some bigger pots), and care for them through the fall and winter until the spring comes along. By that time, you will have some hearty, well-rooted plants to put in the ground; plants that cost a fraction of the price of what they would normally be (especially at a bigger size).


We are currently taking orders on all the above listed trees. We are actively counting them and will update our inventory page once the numbers are in. All orders will be honored on a first-come, first-served basis.


You can order any quantity you like. They do not need to be in lots of 30, as per our usual practice for all small and large tube orders. So, if you would like just 1, go ahead, order it! If you would like 43 or 67 or 93, that’s fine too. Order as many as you want as frequently as you want, until they run out.


The trees will be shipped as bulk. This means that the trees will not come in individual boxes of 30, but, rather, all together in one box as a bulk shipment. This will be the case whether you order 5, 50 or 5,000 trees; the trees will be packed into the best-fitting box together and sent off. Shipping charges will also be different with this bulk packaging. You may be accustomed to our flat rate for tubes at $9 per lot of 30, but, that will not apply here. Instead, we will weigh the box and charge you exactly what UPS will be charging us to ship it. This works out best for both parties, you do not get overcharged, we do not collect too little. It is the fairest way to do it!

Do feel free to contact us with any questions you may have concerning this offer at [email protected] or (970) 491-8429.

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