Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa)

Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa) (18012 bytes) Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa) Ponderosa Pine is native throughout western North America. It is third in importance as a source of timber. In the landscape, Ponderosa Pine has a broadly columnar form when young, developing a rounded crown with age. Attaining a height of 40-70 ft. and a width of 25 ft., it is hardy to zone 3. The Ponderosa pine prefers full sun and well-drained soil. It is fairly tolerant of drought, alkaline, and saline soils. No major insect or disease problems. Has low water needs.
ponderosa pine needles (7258 bytes)     Needles are dark green, 5 to 10 inches long, and grow in bundles of two to three.
pine,ponderosa female flower cone (4290 bytes) pine,ponderosa male flower cones (4079 bytes) Flowers are monoecious. Male flower cones are small, dark orange and often clustered near the ends of branches.  Female flowers are dark purple in color, occuring singly or in pairs at the end of branches.
ponderosa pine cone (6253 bytes) Cones are 3 to 6 inches long, red-brown in color, and mature in August to September.
pine,ponderosa bark (4411 bytes) Bark has deep furrows and cinnamon-colored plates.

Photos: Judy Sedbrook

 

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