Single-Needle Piñón Pine

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Grow an evocative evergreen specimen with native Single-Needle Piñón Pine (Pinus monophylla). The Single-Needle Pinon is a Pine in the pinyon Pine group, native to the southwest United States and northwest Baja, Mexico. This mid-sized tree has fragrant resin and wood to perfume your landscape with the aroma of the Southwest.

Their lush presentation stems from a thick trunk and gray-green to strongly waxy pale blue-green needles that remain on the plentiful branches for many years. Young trees feature a compact, oval shape that eventually opens up a bit in form.

This showy choice will eventually produce brown, rose-shaped cones that produce healthy, valuable, edible pine nuts. Press them for oil, or process these "large seed" species into pesto and added to salads, baked goods and as a resinous flavor in sauces and savory dishes! Harvest Pine nuts from this "large seed" species, but be prepared for a multi-step hand process in late fall. From drying the nuts on racks to removing the inner shell, it's no wonder the finished product costs so much in farmer's markets.

Planting and Application:

Wildlife appreciates both the nuts and the shelter of this native Pine, which is nicknamed Colorado Pinyon Pine, and sometimes referred to as the Oneneedle Pinyon Pine. Birds and wildlife seek these trees out and eat the nuts; including several species of Jays and Clark's Nutcracker. Single-Needle Piñón Pine is a water-wise choice for Xeriscape landscapes. It also offers visual protection as an effective privacy screen due to its very dense needles and year-round coverage.

Control erosion on vulnerable hillsides with a mass planting of Single-Needle Piñón Pine. Use an informal approach with varied spacing and plenty of open space between the trees to replicate a natural stand. This is a wonderfully redolent choice for small space gardens. However, it is advised that you use Single-Needle Piñón Pine away from your defensible space near your home, and keep the ground beneath it well-raked.

  • Fragrant Gray-Green/Blue-Green Needles
  • Native Evergreen Tree
  • Compact Oval Form - Great For Small Properties
  • Edible Seeds & Rose-Shaped Cones
  • Xeric, Wildlife, Year-Round Color, Specimen, Hedge & Erosion on Hills

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Plant Single-Needle Piñón Pine trees in full sun in very well-drained soil. Select their permanent planting site, because they do develop a long taproot and resent moving. Provide lifetime performance enhancement with symbiotic Nature Hills Root Booster in the planting hole. Get more expert planting tips from the Horticulture team. During the first season, get the root system well-established with a regular schedule of supplemental water. After that, plan to soak your Single-Needle Piñón Pine periodically through the summer season and in dry weather. You can tip prune in early spring to encourage branching. Remove limbs back to the trunk as needed to avoid overcrowding and increase air circulation through the canopy.

  • Full Sun
  • Moderate Moisture To Establish - Then Low-Water Use Tree
  • Prune Late Winter/Early Spring
  • Almost Any Kind of Well-Drained Soil
  • Native Pine Species

Hurry and order your own widely adaptable native Single-Needle Piñón Pine today and enjoy cold-hardy, versatile and low-maintenance, low-water usage evergreen trees today! Nature Hills will not have this fantastic specimen in stock for long!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Single-Needle Piñón Pine Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-7
Growing Zones 4-7
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Pinus monophylla
Type Evergreen
Mature Height 18 - 30 feet
Mature Spread 12 - 30 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well-Drained
Moisture Moderate to Low
Growth Rate Slow
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Evergreen
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time When Dormant
Fragrant Yes