Pinyon (piñon) pines are natives of the western United States. Pinyon and Juniper forests
have spread throughout many regions in the American southwest.
Identification: Trees are typically about 10-20' (3-6.1 m) tall. The crown
is dense, conical or rounded. Typically there are two blue-green needles per group, but sometimes 1 or 3.
Needles are upwardly curved, about 1¼" (3.2 cm) long. Needles have 2 or 3 sides, depending on the number of needles in the group.
Cones are oval to round, yellowish to red-brown, up to 1¼" (3.2 cm) around.
Pinyon pines favor dry mountain slopes and plateaus,
at elevations of 4921-6890' (1.5-2.1 km), rarely up to 1.7 mi (2.7 km).
For further information, see the Pinus comparison tables.