Two-Needle Pinyon Pine
|Description||Drought tolerant and exceptionally hardy, this adaptable North American native is slow growing with a broad, rounded crown. New growth emerges blue-green, then turns a yellowish green. Cones are produced in clusters on very mature trees. Female cones produce edible pine nuts. A picturesque specimen for the rock garden, hillsides, or berms. Evergreen.|
|Watering||Water when top 2 inches of soil is dry.|
|Blooms||Conifer; prized for foliage.|
|Mature Size||Slow growing; reaches 10 to 20 ft. tall and wide in 10 years.|
|Care||Prefers well-drained, sandy to loamy, neutral to lightly acidic soils but adaptable to nutritionally poor, rocky soils and varied moisture and temperature conditions; avoid heavy irrigation and soggy soils or prolonged drought. Water deeply, regularly in first few growing seasons to establish root system. Seldom requires pruning or fertilization.|
|Lore||Pinon seeds are an important wildlife food for several songbirds, quails, squirrels, chipmunks, black bears, and mule deer. Pinus edulis had several uses in American Indian life. Needles were steeped for tea. The inner bark was used to stave off starvation. Seed cones are produced on older trees and take 2 years to mature. The seeds were a staple in American Indian diets and were eaten raw, roasted, or ground into flour. Seed production is erratic, dependent on weather and rainfall; Indian migrations were influenced by location of various seed crops. Pinon pine seeds are useful in making candies, cakes, and cookies.|
This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-8
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