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Species: Ponderosa Pine

Scientific Name: Pinus Ponderosa

Classification: Coniferous Evergreen Tree



Description: The Ponderosa Pine, also commonly known as the Western Yellow, Wetern Red or Sierra Brownbark is a large species, often reaching heights in upwards of 230 feet or more, with some rare undisturbed specimens reaching nearly 270 feet in height. It is one of the most common species of trees, found extensively throughout North Americas' mountain regions from British Columbia, Alberta to Alaska, Washington State, Idaho, Oregon, Montana and beyond. It is also common to many parts of the mid-west. The bark of the species is distinct in appearance, cinnamon-red in color with raised plates which resemble cracked earth. The Ponderosa Pine also has several sub-species, which have adapted to different climates and soil types, which include the Rocky Mountain Ponderosa Pine, the Southwest Ponderosa Pine, the Pacific Ponderosa Pine, the Arizona Ponderosa Pine and the Storm's Ponderosa Pine. The sub-species are subtly different in appearance. The needles are long, 5-7 inches in length, with a dark green to yellowish green tint. Male and female flowers are found on the same tree with female flowers yielding cones up to 4 inches in length with a prickly shield at the tips of the cone scales. In the wild, the species is commonly found in mountainous areas and in pure forests as well as mixed coniferous forests. It is a forest fire tolerant species due to its thick bark and usually thrives in areas prone to frequent fires.

Site Conditions: The Ponderosa Pine prefers moist, well drained soils but adaptable to drier soil. It generally prefers full sun exposure and is not well known to be shade tolerant.

Stock: This species is in stock and available for pickup at our Arlington, WA location or available for delivery

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