Pinus ayacahuite Ehrenb. ex Schltdl.

Large, spreading, 5-leaved pine, leaves to 15cm, cones to 40cm long.  To 30m.  [RHSD, Hortus, Hilliers’].

Horticultural & Botanical History

Introduced from Mexico in 1840.  [PD]. Pinus ayacahuite K. Ehrenb. Linnaea 12: 492. 1838.  Chihuahua to Mexico, Guerrero, and Chiapas; type from Omitlan, Hidalgo. Guatemala.  Large tree; leaves 10 to 20 cm. long; cones 20 to 45 cm. long, pendent, pale yellowish or reddish brown, usually dull; seeds with a large wing, or this rarely almost obsolete.  “Acanita” (Coahuila); “acalocahuite” (Veracruz, Ramirez); “ayacahuite” (Valley of Mexico, Oaxaca, etc.); “ocote blanco” (Oaxaca); “ayacahuite colorado” (Hidalgo. Mexico, Ramirez); “sacalacahuite” (various localities, Ramirez); “pino real” (Oaxaca, Reko); “pino acahuite” or “pino cahuite” (Durango, Patoni).’  [Contributions from the United States National Herbarium – Trees and Shrubs of Mexico vol.22, p.54/1920].

History at Camden Park

Pinus ayacahuite was included in a consignment of plants sent from Kew by John Bidwill in November 1843 [AJCP].  Although it is very likely that these plants were sent to Camden to the care of William Macarthur there is no other evidence of its being grown there.


Published Aug 11, 2009 - 05:06 PM | Last updated Jul 29, 2010 - 03:25 PM

More details about Pinus ayacahuite Ehrenb. ex Schltdl.
Family Pinaceae
Region of origin

Mexico to Guatamala

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Common Name

Mexican white pine

Name in the Camden Park Record

Pinus ayacahuite 

Confidence level high