Las Pilitas Nursery

California Native Plants are all we grow!

Blog Contact Us Directions

3232 Las Pilitas Rd
Santa Margarita, CA 93453
Fri. & Sat. from 9am-4pm
8331 Nelson Way
Escondido, CA 92026
Tues. to Sat. from 9am-4pm

Shop For Plants Cart Contents

This website is dedicated to Bert Wilson. His genius continues to inspire us.

Pseudotsuga macrocarpa

Bigcone Spruce and Big cone spruce.

Santa Margarita, CA
Size Quantity Price
One Gallon 71 $ 14.99
Five Gallon 3 $ 44.99
Plants in production
-- -- --
Escondido, CA
Size Quantity Price
One Gallon 0 $ 14.99
Five Gallon 0 $ 44.99
Plants in production
Five Gallon 2 --

Bigcone Spruce, Pseudotsuga macrocarpa, is native to the mountains of Southern California from 1500' to 6000'. At the lower elevations these trees hide in north side ravines along the desert edge. Bigcone Spruce is visible in spots from the I-5 and the 118 on the north side of the L.A. basin. In San Diego County it's visible on Palomar and on some of canyon roads leading to the desert. Some of the areas that it clings to are amazing, everything looks dead and there's these evergreens. But it also grows in some of the coastal mountains such as Santa Ynez Mts, the mountains around Ojai and Mt. Wilson.


This evergreen tree grows to 40-60' tall with a 20-30' width.  (But in a home garden expect 10-15 feet after ten years.) Very dark green foliage. I think this tree could be used throughout California as a drought tolerant tree to replace the non-drought tolerant Coast Redwood. Although the tree is hardy to -10 or below, I'd not try it in really cold spots. It would be happier in Los Angeles, not Tahoe. It might make it in Tahoe, but other trees would do better.  This California native tree should be more widely planted.

One of our customers planted this tree from a gallon into an old sand dune in Nipomo, in 7 years it had grown to maybe 10 foot tall and was covered with cones. He mulched the ground with chips from the local arborist and watered a few times the first year. No water system, no soil amending. beach sand, and the tree was beautiful.


A perfect little Christmas Tree that tolerates containers.



Pseudotsuga macrocarpa's foliage color is green-gray and type is evergreen.
Pseudotsuga macrocarpa's flower color is na.

Communities for Pseudotsuga macrocarpa:Chaparral, Mixed-evergreen Forest and Yellow Pine Forest.

ph: 5.50 to 7.50
usda: 7 to 10
height[m]: 6.00 to 20.00
width[m]: 5.00 to 10.00
rainfall[cm]: 60.00 to 125.00

What does all this mean!?!

Shop Online
One Gallon (Up to 11) $ 14.99

Plant Lists: View Information About Other Plants

Alphabetized by scientific name: A -B -C -D -E -F -G -H -I -J -K -L -M -N -O -P -Q -R -S -T -U -V -W -X -Y -Z
Alphabetized by common name: A -B -C -D -E -F -G -H -I -J -K -L -M -N -O -P -Q -R -S -T -U -V -W -X -Y -Z
Alphabetized by cultivar: A -B -C -D -E -F -G -H -I -J -K -L -M -N -O -P -Q -R -S -T -U -V -W -X -Y -Z

Las Pilitas - Home Page