Pinus patula (Mexican Weeping Pine) is a species of pine tree native to Mexico and Central America. It belongs to the family Pinaceae and is known for its distinctive weeping or drooping branches, which give it a unique appearance. It is a large evergreen tree that can grow up to 40-50 meters (130-165 feet) tall. It has a conical shape when young, but as it matures, its crown becomes more irregular and open. The branches are long, slender, and often droop downwards, hence the common name "Weeping Pine."
Needles: The needles of Pinus patula are typically bluish-green in color and occur in bundles of three. They measure around 12-25 cm (4.7-9.8 inches) in length and are flexible and soft. The needles give off a resinous fragrance when crushed.
Cones: The cones of Pinus patula are relatively small, measuring about 6-15 cm (2.4-5.9 inches) in length. They are ovoid or cylindrical in shape and have a shiny reddish-brown color. The cones disintegrate upon maturity to release their seeds.
Habitat: Pinus patula is native to the mountainous regions of Mexico and Central America, including southern Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua. It typically grows at elevations between 1,000 and 3,000 meters (3,300-9,800 feet) above sea level.
Commercial use: Pinus patula is also of economic importance. It is cultivated for timber production, as its wood is used in construction, furniture making, and as a source of pulp for paper production.
Botanical Name : Pinus patula
Common Name : Mexican Weeping Pine
Height : 125 ft
Spread : 60 ft
Germination Info : No pre-treatment required.
Hardiness zone : 8-10
Average seed per ounce : Approx. 2063