Like other 'piñon' (pinyon pines) in Mexico, this species is of local importance for its nutritious, edible seeds (Lopez Mata, 2001), which are harvested by local people and marketed in the region. Due to its low stature and branching of the trunk, its timber is not used. In Mexico, it is sometimes planted as an ornamental tree; elsewhere it is only grown in a few botanic gardens (e.g. at the University of California in Berkeley) and research nurseries; its horticultural merits could be greater than that since it is not too difficult to grow from seed in the nursery. Young trees retain an attractive blue juvenile foliage for several years.