New Mexico State Tree - Piņon Tree - Pinus edulis

Piņon Tree Pinaceae Pinus edulis

Leaf: Usually two needles per fascicle. Needles are coarse, thick, curved, blue-green or yellow-green, stiff, and one to two inches long.

Flower: Monoecious; males red, cylindrical, in clusters near ends of branches; females purplish at branch tips.

Fruit: Cones are ovoid, 2 inches long, short stalked, brown in color, with very thick cone scales. Each scale contains two very large edible "pine nuts". Maturing in September and October.

Twig: Stout and orange-brown, somewhat scraggly.

Bark: Scaly or with small plates, red brown to gray.

Form: A small tree with an irregular rounded crown.

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Photos courtesy: Michael Aust, John Baitey, Ctaude L. Brown, Bruce Bongarten,
Susan D. Day, Edward C. Jensen, Richard E. Kreh, Larry H. McCormick, Alex X.
Niemiera, John A. Peterson, Oana Popescu, John R. Seiter, David W. Smith, Kim
C. Steiner, James E. Ward, Rodney E. Will, Shepard M. Zedaker.
Text written by: John R. Seiter, Edward C. Jensen, Or John A. Peterson