Pinyon Pine

Pinus edulis

The Pinyon Pine - the tree with a million names and spellings including: Piñon Pine, Colorado Pinyon, nut pine, Rocky Mountain Pinyon, Pinion, and Two-Needle Pinyon. Whatever you want to call it, this is a tall and narrow pine tree native to the desert mountains of California and is a great option especially in dry climates of Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona Colorado, and Nevada. It is a great option especially for the southwestern United States where it can tolerate dry conditions and is drought tolerant. It has spreading upward branches which creates a broad, bushy, rounded evergreen with short green needles. This tree produces small reddish-brown cones with edible nuts. It is great for either accent planting or planted as a privacy screen. It tolerates poor soils, extreme cold, extreme heat, as well as harsh weather conditions. The Pinyon Pine is a popular tree for narrow spaces because it tends to not outgrow its intended planting site. Its average size will be 20 feet tall by 15 feet wide. It can be planted in full sun or partial sun areas. While it is very drought tolerant, it does prefer occasional watering. This tree can live 350-400 years, so plant in a site that it can stay for a long time.

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About Tree Names

Hardiness Zones
Zones 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
Mature Height
20' to 30'
Mature Width
10' to 20'
Growth Rate
Light Needs
Partial Sun
Fall Color
Flowering Season
No Flowers
No Fruit