Mexican Blue Weeping Piñon
Widely but sparsely distributed in very dry, open scrubland in northeastern and central Mexico between 1500 and 2300 m (4900 and 7500 ft.), this attractive pine is closely related to P. maximartinezii but stays significantly smaller, reaching rarely more than 6 m (20 ft.) tall. It forms a dense, rounded crown atop a short, slender trunk. The stiffly dropping, thin, bright green or bluish leaves can reach a length of up to 12 cm (5 in.). The seeds are large and edible. Pinus pinceana is considered one of the most beautiful conifers. It is as easy to grow as any pine, tolerant of drought and frost and perfectly suited to the small garden. Despite all this, perhaps for lack of propagating material, it is still very rare in cultivation.