Piñon Pine

New Mexico State Tree

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Pinyon tree (Pinus edulis)

Two-Needle piñon pine tree (Pinus edulis); photo by Johnida Dockens on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / no derivative works).

Piñon Pine

New Mexico designated the piñon pine, or nut pine (Pinus edulis) as the official state tree in 1948. Sometimes called two-needle piñon, it is found mostly in New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and Arizona. The piñon pine grows very slowly and reaches 15-35 feet when mature.  

The seeds of the piñon pine tree (pine nuts) were collected by native Americans for centuries. Piñon wood gives off a distinctive and very pleasant incense smell when burned.

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Images

Piñon tree pine nuts; photo by alan madrid on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / no derivative works).

Piñon tree pine nuts