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Bristlecone Pine vs Northern Catalpa (Cigar Tree)

Pinus aristata

Catalpa speciosa

Bristlecone Pine
Northern Catalpa (Cigar Tree)

Bristlecone Pine is a small to medium evergreen with an irregular habit and contorted branches.

This extremely long-lived tree is relatively low maintenance and drought-tolerant.

It is known for its deep green to blue-green needles flecked with white resin, and its thin, scaly, grey-brown bark. Because it is extremely slow-growing, Bristlecone Pine is well suited to smaller properties.

Northern Catalpa is a striking feature tree with showy flowers, and very large leaves. Its orchid-like flowers are white with yellow and purple accents, and they have a pleasant fragrance. They bloom from late spring to early summer and can last up to two weeks, attracting hummingbirds and pollinators. The leaves are very large, ranging from 15-30 cm long, 12-20 cm wide, forming a canopy that makes it a good shade tree.

They can tolerate dry conditions as well as standing water, air pollution, and salt. These factors and its beauty contribute to its growing popularity as both a boulevard and ornamental tree in colder areas.

Northern Catalpa produces long bean-like capsules and are sometimes called the Cigar Tree in reference to this fruit.

BRISTLECONE PINE QUICK FACTS

NORTHERN CATALPA (CIGAR TREE) QUICK FACTS

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Zone: 2a
Zone: 4a
Height: 12 m (40 ft)
Height: 15 m (50 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 9 m (30 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: normal, wet
Light: full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Flowers: white
Growth rate: extremely slow
Growth rate: medium
Life span: long
Life span: long
Maintenance: medium
Suckering: none
Suckering: low





Other Names: colorado bristlecone pine, foxtail pine, hickory pine, rocky mountain bristlecone pine
Other Names: cigar tree, hardy catalpa, western catalpa