Pinus albicaulis - Whitebark Pine for sale
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Pinus albicaulis - Whitebark Pine

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Pinus albicaulis - Whitebark Pine

Pinus albicaulis - Whitebark Pine


Sold out but more might be available soon.

We are still counting inventory and posting each batch online as they come in out of the field. Most container-grown plants are counted by mid-November, field-grown plants and plug seedlings aren't usually counted and available until January or February.
Notify me when it's back!
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Average Height: 20-30 feet in landscapes
Hardiness: Zones 3-7
Aspect: Sun or light shade
Plant Spacing: 10+ ft apart
Deer Resistance: 5/5 - Very deer resistant!
Leaves: evergreen, short needles in bundles of 5
Shipping Restrictions: Can not ship to California, Montana, Nevada, or Hawaii

The Whitebark Pine (Pinus albicaulis) is a short needle conifer that is closely related to the Bristlecone Pine group. These trees are well adapted to growing at extremely high elevations where no other tree species can grow and therefore have little to no competition. Whitebark Pines are extremely useful for bonsai because of their multi-trunk habit, short needles, and their ability to easily shape them into an ancient, gnarled-looking tree when small.

Typically these species grow at extremely high elevations on unsheltered ridges where they endure deep snow and high winds through the winter, which prevents these trees from growing very tall. The form of each individual tree will vary depending on its growing site; although trees planted in sheltered locations will have a dense Christmas tree shape, those growing on exposed mountaintops often look more like gnarled bushes.

Because the tops of the trees often get broken off in winter storms, these trees have developed persistent clumps of active buds that remain for decades near the base of the tree and at the base of most of the branches. If the main trunk breaks off, the tree will still have many buds all along its stem to produce new trunks. Coupled with the tight clumps of short needles, the branching pattern makes this one of the best pine species for bonsai use. Trees can easily be shaped into an ancient-looking gnarled tree with thick, twisted branches that mirrors a mature tree.

Whitebark Pines are extremely long-lived and an individual tree can survive for thousands of years. However, it is important to not overwater your trees as Whitebark Pines naturally grow in steep, rocky soils that are free draining and so don't tolerate constantly wet soil throughout the summer. If you have compact soil like clay or silt then we recommend planting on the top of a raised mound 2-3' high and 3-4' wide to provide drainage. Avoid fertilizing with fast-releasing fertilizers like manure or Miracle Grow because the roots burn easily. Osmocote is a slow release fertilizer that is suitable for low-nitrogen using plants like Bristlecone Pines. We apply half the recommended dose of Osmocote every April with good results.


A multi-trunk Whitebark Pine tree growing on a harsh slope
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The twisted trunks on a high elevation Whitebark Pine
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Groves of high elevation Whitebark Pine
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Trees grow more like normal pines at lower elevations, although still favor harsh sites
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Young cone buds
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The twisted branches from an ancient tree growing on an exposed ridge and crushed by dozens of feet of snow every winter
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Close up of the white bark - hence the common name "Whitebark Pine"
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The needles are short and in tight bundles of 5
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3-6" seedling available in spring of 2018

Sold out but more might be available soon.

We are still counting inventory and posting each batch online as they come in out of the field. Most container-grown plants are counted by mid-November, field-grown plants and plug seedlings aren't usually counted and available until January or February.
Notify me when it's back!

How Your Plants Are Packaged And Shipped

Washed Root vs. Bare Root


A bare root Sitka Spruce

A 2 gallon Sitka Spruce with all the soil washed away
Bare root and washed root are very similar but in the nursery trade typically bare root plants are trees which are grown in the field and dug up in the winter with no soil attached. These plants are typically cheaper due to lower growing costs and are popular for large projects where a large number of plants are needed. When the are dug they lose any roots that grew away from the main root ball and typically these plants will grow a little slower in their first year as they focus on producing new roots before returning to fast top growth. Despite the longer establishment period, bare root plants benefit from the root pruning and will produce a superior long-term root structure than washed root plants. Certain plant species and varieties that are prone to poor root system development are only available bare root for this reason. Bare root plants have high success rates but are not tolerant of planting directly into windy areas, especially with evergreen species as the remaining roots will not be sufficient to withstand drying winds. If you are planting in high-wind areas you should consider ordering washed root plants.

Washed root plants are grown in containers like one or two gallon pots in a standard nursery setting and can ship much earlier in the fall because we don't have to wait for deep winter dormancy before handling the plants. For shipping the plants are removed from their containers and the soil is gently washed off of the roots, preserving most of the small feeder roots. We make minor root pruning cuts to elimate clumps of circling roots from some plants but typically don't remove more than about 5-10% of the fine roots, compared to bare root plants which typically lose around 60-70% of the fine feeder roots. Washed root plants are much quicker to establish and are suitable for planting directly in windy locations but because of the higher growing costs and shipping weight will be more expensive than field grown bare root plants. Some plant species that are especially prone to root circling are not grown in containers but only in the field.

For most plant species we choose the growing method that has the highest success rate for that plant's root structure but some plants can be grown just as well either way so both forms can be listed for sale at once. Under the "availability" section for each plant variety any plants listed by container size (such as 1 gallon, 2 gallon, etc.) are washed root plants while plants listed by height (such as 20-30 inches tall) or any listing saying "field grown" are bare root plants.

Packaging Plants For Shipping


Most plants are shipped wrapped in newspaper, then moistened. Large bundles of plants can be shipped in a single long box.
Some plants, usually bamboo, are shipped in their container while others have their roots washed of soil and wrapped in damp paper and plastic. Most plant varieties can be shipped year-round, but sometimes certain plant species or large sizes do best when shipped dormant. You can order these to reserve yours during the summer and then they will be shipped in November when they are ready to go.

Your plants are placed in tight fitting boxes and strapped to the box so they don't move around and sustain damage. These are 3' tall Coast Redwoods.
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All Plants Are Guaranteed To Arrive In Good Condition

Any damaged plants will be replaced at no extra cost, all you have to do is send an email to info@lebeaubamboo.com and specify which plants were damaged. We have a great track record of providing excellent customer service and that is one of the main reasons customers keep coming back. We have years of experience shipping plants and have figured out the best way to ship the wide range of plant types we grow, each requiring its own packing method.

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Here's Why You Get The Best Plants From Us

Outdoor Grown Plants Are Tough
These plants have been grown outside and are far tougher than greenhouse-grown plants, which is the typical growing method of many other online sellers. When plants spend their live outsides they are already used to extreme temperature, humidity, and light fluctuations and have been hardened off against these conditions from day one. Tough plants are much better prepared for planting out and will perform far better in your landscape.

No Risk Ordering
Your plants are fully guaranteed to arrive safely or they will be replaced, no hassles. Just send us an email at info@lebeaubamboo.com for easy plant help. They are also guaranteed to be fully up to size - we only ship plants that have fully filled out their container. Often, online sellers ship plants that are 3.5 inch or quart sized but the most common size plants we ship are twice as big, fully filling out one gallon containers.

Year Round Shipping
By growing in containers rather than the field, shipping of one and two gallon plants is available within 1-3 days of ordering all year long for most plant varieties. Plus, container growing has the added benefit of low root disturbance, especially compared to typical bare root plants, and ensures much faster establishment in your landscape. Holding your order and shipping dormant in the spring or fall is also available which offers reduced shipping rates and allows for shipping of large two and five gallon plants up to 60 inches tall.
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