Torrey Pine Tree
A California native and the rarest pine species in the United States, the Torrey Pine grows in a very small area along the San Diego Coast as well as on Santa Rosa and San Miguel islands. Its wild populations were once down to around 100 trees but conservation efforts have restored its them to around 3000 trees. It has become a popular choice for landscape plantings and cultivated specimens have ensured a steady supply of seeds to help protect populations of this unique pine tree. In the wild, they grow on dry sandy soils and will grow very slowly in a contorted pattern due to the constant coastal winds, but in cultivation they grow much more quickly with straight trunks.
Latin Name: Pinus torreyana
Site and Soil: Full to half-day sun and well- drained soil.
Pollination Requirements: Self-fertile.
Hardiness: Italian Stone Pine is hardy to 0º F. or below.
Bearing Age: 5 years or more after planting.
Size at Maturity: 25-30 ft. in height.
Bloom Time: Spring
Ripening Time: Fall
Yield: 20+ lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Our Pines have not been bothered by pests or diseases.
USDA Zone: 7
Sunset Western Zone: 8-9, 12-24, h1
Sunset Northeast Zone: Not listed