Joe’s Bess Bristlecone Pine

Pinus longaeva ‘Joe’s Bess’ is possibly the most refined pine we grow. Dense clusters of two-toned needles point towards the tip of each ascending branch and create a consistent shape that hides the stems and buds until new growth emerges in late spring. Jean Iseli noted the origin of this beauty as 1975, and conifer great, Joe Reis, given the task of naming the remarkable tree in 1982, chose to honor his wife Bess. It has proven difficult to propagate, but is worth the wait. The formal, slow-growing tree requires little or no pruning, but wants full sun.

Garden Size: 6’H x 4’W

Dwarf: 3-6″/year

Broad Upright

Zone 4



Full Sun

Iseli Introduction

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