pinyon pine Pinaceae Pinus edulis
Leaf:Evergreen needles, 1 to 2 inches long, usually two per fascicle, coarse, stiff, thick, curved, blue-green or yellow-green.
Flower:Species is 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 the fall.
Twig:Stout and orange-brown, somewhat scraggly.
Bark:Scaly or with small plates, red-brown to gray.
Form:A small, spreading almost bushy tree with an irregular, rounded crown. reaching up to 45 feet tall.