Pinyon Stone Pine
The Pinyon Stone Pine has been a staple food source for people living in the North American Southwest for thousands of years. In past years the Pinyon Pines of the Great Basin create thousands of pounds of incredibly delicious high quality pine nuts that are highly valued to this day. Slow growing and well adapted to the extreme conditions of the Southwest, the Pinyon Pine is a great nut crop for the xeriscape or wild garden. All it needs is well draining soil, being hardy all the way down to USDA Zone 4! Be sure not to overwater after trees are established as the garden hose can bring about their demise. Likely not adaptable to areas with warm season rain, but worth a try if you have very good drainage. A great tree for the west.
Latin Name: Pinus edulis
Site and Soil: Pinyon pines prefer as full sun as possible.
Pollination Requirements: Pinyon Stone Pine is self-fertile.
Hardiness: Pinyon Stone Pine is hardy to -40º F. or below.
Bearing Age: 5 years or more after planting.
Size at Maturity: 25-30 ft. in height.
Bloom Time: Spring
Ripening Time: Fall
Yield: 20+ lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Our Pines have not been bothered by pests or diseases.
USDA Zone: 4
Sunset Western Zone: 8-9, 12-24, h1
Sunset Northeast Zone: Not listed