Torrey pine

Pinus torreyana


The Torrey pine grows into tall upright tree, 40-70 ft. high, 25-40 ft. wide. It is easily recognized by its distinctive 8-13 in. long gray-green needles that are bundled in fascicles of 5. Young trees can be sparse and open in character; mature trees become dense and can develop a broad crown.

Torrey pine is native to limited areas of San Diego County, California. It inhabits coastal bluffs and hillsides in sandy well-draining soils, and grows with less than 10 in. of annual rainfall. Torrey pine has been planted with good success in ornamental landscapes in the Inland Empire where it is planted in large landscape areas, including large slopes, in parks and along roadways where its size offers good landscape impact.

Plant Type: Tree, Native
Foliage Character: Evergreen, Coniferous
Habit: Upright, Open
Growth Rate: Fast
Foliage Color: Pale green
Flower Color: Insignificant
Flower Season: Winter
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Sand
Exposure Adaptations: Wind, Fog, Drought, Coastal salt air, All day sun
Function: Wildlife value, Slopes, Parks and open space, Background plant, Fragrant foliage
Height: 60 ft. – 80 ft.
Width: 30 ft. – 45 ft.