Where does pinyon pine grow?

Most people don't know about the pinyon pines and wonder what they look like. But as the whole world moves towards reducing water consumption, this small, water-thrifty pine may still have its day in the sun. It is noted that the pinyon pine, a small pine tree that barely rises beyond 20 feet (6 m.) high, is incredibly water efficient. 

In its indigenous habitat in the American Southwest, it flourishes on average rainfall of 15 inches (38 cm.) or less. Pinyon pines grow yellow-green needles, which live on the tree for around eight to nine years. The cones are quite small and have a rose-like appearance. Within the cones are the exquisite pine nuts, which is why it is referred to as pinon, the Spanish word that means pine nuts.

The pinyon pine does not grow rapidly. The plant grows slowly, growing just as wide as the tree is tall. After 60 years of growth, the tree may have reached about 6-7 feet (2 m.) in height. The Pinyon Pines live incredibly long lives, up to 600 years. 

Pines are common trees in the Great Basin the region and state trees of Nevada and New Mexico. If you are looking for trees for dry, sparse areas, the pinyon pine tree is a good choice. The pinyon pine is one of the toughest trees. 

It's not hard to grow in wild conditions. Pinyon pines are mostly planted in the U.S. The plant should be within USDA zones 4 through 8 in sandy soil, with full sun exposure. In particular, the trees grow well at an altitude of fewer than 7,500 feet (2286 m.). 

Place them on hillsides in dry areas, not on the low ground where water gathers. While proper irrigation is required when the trees are transplanted, after they are established, watering can be whittled down.

Plan your irrigation schedule based on the tree's growth needs. Generally, you should give your lawn a good watering about every 2-3 weeks in the summer and about once a month in the other seasons. Pinyon pine trees are remarkably drought-tolerant 

but will grow best with some irrigation. Repeated years of droughts can stress the pinyon trees and make the plant vulnerable to attacks by a bug called Ips beetles. On the contrary, it is equally important to water these trees but take action in order not to overwater them. Many trees succumb due to being over-watered each year. Avoid giving water frequently and never plant it on lawns.

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