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Mojave Desert Trees:

Pinyon Pine

SPECIES: Pinus monophylla

General Characteristics

Singleleaf pinyon is long-lived. Large trees can monopolize site resources over a life span of 350 years or more. Dominant pinyons are often 400 years old and have been known to reach 800 to 1000 years.

Regeneration Processes

The ecotones between singleleaf pinyon woodlands and adjacent shrublands and grasslands provide favorable microhabitats for singleleaf pinyon seedling establishment ...

Site Characteristics

Singleleaf pinyon is adapted to a wide variety of sites. It usually grows on pediments, dry, rocky slopes, ridges, and alluvial fans and is rarely found on valley floors.

Successional Status

... between 10 and 20 years, tree seedlings appear, their presence becoming important after about 50 years; site is again woodland with low understory cover after 70 to 80 years.

Seasonal Development

Cones develop slowly the 1st growing season, being 1/4th their mature size by September, and pass the winter this way. The following spring, the yearling cone starts to grow again, ...


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