Nevada State Tree

Nevada State Tree

Bristlecone Pine & Single-Leaf Pinyon


Nevada has 2 official state trees, the bristlecone pine and the single-leaf pinyon.

LeafAcicular, short (1 to 1 1/2 inches long), curved, fascicles of 5, dark green but usually covered with white dots of dried resin. Remain on the tree for
10-17 years, giving a bushy appearance that resembles a fox’s tail.


Monoecious; male cones are small, dark orange and often clustered near
the ends of branches; female cones occur singly or in pairs near the ends of


Moderately sized woody cone (about 3 inches long) with a short stalk;
imbricate scales are thickened and tipped with a long bristle, giving rise to
its common name. Seeds are winged.


Orange-brown when young but darkening with age.


Young bark is thin, smooth, and gray-white later becoming furrowed and reddish-brown. Old trees on harsh, windy sites may have only a few strands of bark remaining in crevices where it is protected from sandblasting winds.


Typically small and contorted by the wind and harsh growing conditions, grows very slowly.

Copyright 2019 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental
Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen,
Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson;Silvics reprinted from Ag
Handbook 654; range map source information