Bonsai specimen or two.
Misidentification: Count the needles, there are 2. They are stiff, sharply pointed and usually dark green. Small stature tree, thick dark bark, smaller cones.
Other 2 needle pines here:
P. cembrioides, very short needles, small tree, tiny cones with pinyon seeds.
P. controta, has very short leaves and very much smaller cones, not really common.
P. densiflora has very thin leaves and every much smaller cones as well as being clustered, less common as well.
P. halepensis has thin leaves, found on the freeways usually.
P. mugo, small shrub generally,
P. nigra, leaves dark, stiff, white buds, yellowish tan cones,
P. pinea, leaves thicker, stiffer, look for the leaves on new shoots on this one to be laying almost flat and forward as well as being retained longer.
P. sylvestris, bluish green leaves, distinctly twisted, smaller cones, reddish bark, not common.
P. thunbergii, thicker needles, often yellowish green, very sharp and usually twisted.
Hope to cover these later.
Location: Rio Del Mar shopping center, especially the South end
Soquel Dr just North of Park is a row of them and they are showing the variability typically seen.