The stone pine is one of nature's true survival specialists, living high in the most inhospitable regions in the Alps. Here are some additional interesting characteristics and general information about this rare and precious beauty.
THE QUEEN OF THE ALPS
The Stone pine, Zirbe, Zirbekiefer, Arbe, Arve, or pinus cembra is a conifer belonging to the pine tree family, almost exclusively growing in the central alps. Appropriately named Queen of the Alps it has a very small growth distribution area. These trees make up only about 1% of the overall tree population of Austria and captivate with their beauty and sheer hardiness.