Abies bracteata (Santa Lucia Fir)
Also known as: Bristlecone Fir
Native: Canyons and rock mountain tops of the Santa Lucia Mountais, California at altitudes around 900m.
Location: Grown as an ornamental tree elsewhere, notably N. Italy.
Distinctive 5cm sharp pointed needles and chestnut brown pointed buds which look similar to the buds of beech trees.
Pollen and Seed Cones
Male cones are 2cm to 3cm long clustered on undersides of leaves, shedding pollen at the end of May. Female cones are solitary 2cm to 3cm long developing into unmistakable mature cones.