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Pinyon Needles of Pinyon Pinyon in a canyon
G. Lumis
Needles of Pinyon
G. Lumis
Pinyon in a canyon
G. Lumis

Scientific Name: Pinus edulis

Height: 20 to 40 ft
Habitat: semi-arid regions in western North America
Form: rounded crowns 
Type: narrow-leaved evergreen tree 
Needles: 1 to 1.5 inches long

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The nuts of pinyon are eaten by many mammals and birds, notable the Western Scrub Jays. The edible nuts are a southwestern delicacy. This tree can be differentiated from the other local Single-leaf Pinyon by the fact that the leaves (needles) occur in bundles of two, whereas Pinus monophylla has needles bundled singly. The two trees are often found together.