Scientific Name: Pinus ponderosa
Common Name: Ponderosa pine, yellow pine
Family Name: Pinaceae
Origin: B.C. west of Cascades, U.S. - northwest
Hardiness Zone: Zone 4: (-34 to -29 °C)
Plant Type: Conifer
Mature Size: > 30m x 7 - 10m (height x width)
Habit: Upright
Form: Pyramidal - narrowly
Texture: Medium - coarse
Landscape Uses: Forestry, Group or mass planting, Reclamation
Exposure: Part sun/part shade
Soil or Media: Rocky or gravelly or dry, Well-drained
Leaves: Needle-like, Fascicles, Leathery, Distinctive smell, Acicular, Entire
Flowers: n/a (male cone), Yellow, Dark-red, Apr-May
Fruit: Cone (winged seeds), Brown, Aug-Sep-Oct, (Persistent)
Key ID Features:
Bark scaly and black when young, maturing thick and orange-brown; broken twigs smell like oranges; needles 3 (often 2; rarely 4 or 5) per fascicle, most 15-20cm long x 1.2-1.5mm wide; seed cones, dark-reddish purple, maturing brown before opening late in second year, brodly ovoid, (5-)8-9(-14)cm long; seedlings with 8-10(-12) cotyledons, 3.5-5cm long, no teeth. <a href ='' target='_blank'></a>