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State Trees: Singleleaf Pinon & Great Basin Bristlecone Pine

Nevada has two official state trees.  The Singleleaf Pinon was adopted as a symbol in 1959, to honor its importance in the Nevada's history.  The Pinon produces pine nuts that are harvested in the fall.  The nuts were a staple in the diet of Native Americans.

The Bristlecone Pine was designated a state symbol in 1987.  The Bristlecone Pine is the world's longest living organism.  Some of the trees found throughout the state are 5,000 years old or older.  They grow very slowly and are well adapted to their environment.

Photo Credit:
Nevada Historical Society