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MEXICAN WEEPING PINE

Pinus patula

Pinaceae

MEXICAN WEEPING PINE, or jelecote pine, is native to the Sierra Madre mountains of northern Mexico, often growing with other pines and oaks. While it may grow to 130 feet in its native range, the ones I've seen in Berkeley are medium-sized, 60 to 80 feet.

Four inch long, sickle-shaped cones cluster tightly around the stem, appearing sessile, but actually having a short peduncle.

Leaves are slender and noticeably drooping, mostly in groups of three, about six to eight inches long.