Bristlecone PineTrue Bristlecone pine (Pinus longaeva)
Grown from legally sourced seed stock. These are an iconic and incredible species from California. Known commonly as "the oldest living organism on the planet" individual specimens are reported to be as much as 5,000 years old.
These will succumb to root rot readily in all but harsh conditions. Evolved to exist in the most inhospitable of circumstances. Well-drained soil such as a straight akadama and pumice mix would be advised.
Very limited availability.
Monterey CypressHesperocyparis (formerly Cupressus) macrocarpa
A California native species which is currently restricted to two relict localities: point lobos and pebble beach. The iconic photograph above is a very famous tree from pebble beach.
Does best in a minimum USDA hardiness of zone 8.
These can make wonderful bonsai.
Seedlings start at $20.00 plus shipping.
Whitebark PineWhitebark Pine (Pinus albicaulis)
Native to subalpine regions of the western United States and Canada.
Typically the highest elevation pine in its range, they typically mark the tree line. Maxing out under 100 feet in total height under ideal conditions, but often dwarfed by both conditions and light availability.
The whitebark pine has been classified as endangered by the IUCN. A study in the mid-2000s showed that whitebark pine had declined by 41 percent in the western Cascades due to two primary threats: blister rust and pine beetles. Whitebark deaths in North Cascades National Park doubled from 2006 to 2011.
Limited availability in 2020
Giant SequoiaSequoiadendron giganteum. The largest tree species in the world. Make amazing large bonsai specimens.
Flaky FirFlaky Fir (Abies squamata)
Beautiful conifer with purple pine cones and attractive flaked bark.
Interesting bonsai choice, or ornamental tree in your garden.
Cork OakCork Oak (Quercus suber)
These are the source of "cork bark" and cork for wine bottles.
The bark can be harvested repeatedly without harming the tree.
Do best in moderate climates.
Joshua TreeJoshua Tree (Yucca brevifolia)
We have a nice crop for 2020 of seedlings from legally sourced seed stock.
Joshua trees are one of the species predicted to have their range reduced and shifted by climate change. Concern remains that they will be eliminated from Joshua Tree National Park, with ecological research suggesting a high probability that their populations will be reduced by 90% of their current range by the end of the 21st century.
These do best in full sun. Well-drained soil is a must, and due to its long root structure, a deep pot is best.
Despite the harsh climate in their native range these do best in mild temperatures, particularly while young. Wet, boggy, humid conditions will not work.
Dragon Blood TreeCanary Island Dragon Blood Tree (Dracaena draco).
These do best in full sun with well-drained soil in mild climates.
Can be grown from cuttings, but reportedly cuttings do not develop a canopy.
These are seed grown trees.
Starting at $25 and up by size/age