This pine is known for its large and delicious high oil pine nuts. The tree is found in the high altitudes of the western U.S. and Canada. It is considered an important food of the grizzly bear as the high calorie nuts are consumed in large quantities before hibernation. People often collect them as well using them the same way as pinyons are collected. If you are growing these for the pine nuts, it is important to plant at least two trees for pollination efforts. Also a heaping portion of patience may be needed as the trees tend to be slow growing and may take 20 years to fruit from seed. The cutlivation of the trees is much like Swiss Stone pine in many ways where they thrive in dry rocky soil and short season areas.
2 year old trees grown in pots to aid in transplanting.
Plant SpecsGenus & Species:
Pinus albicaulisSeed Source:
Best to plant 2-3 trees for seed production