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Ponderosa Pine Tree

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Latin Name- Pinus Hardy Planting Zone-3-7 Mature Height- 60-100 Width- 15-20 Sun or Shade- Little or Plenty of Sunshine

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Ponderosa Pine Trees

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The Ponderosa Pine is the official tree of the state of Montana. It is native to the Western United States and Western Canada. It is the most common pine species in North America. The Ponderosa pine tree is large as it can grow to be 235 feet or taller and up to 327 inches in diameter. There have been extremes from old growth measurements and these measurements discussed are averages or variables. It has the largest pine needle spray of any species and a single needle can grow to 8 inches long. Average length is 4-7 inches depending on species. The pine needle distribution is dependent upon the growth area. There are several species noted in the coniferous pine, evergreen indexes. Again, most extending from the Western part of Canada to the Eastern most part of the Rockies. Some subspecies can be found in Nebraska. The pinus ponderosa can grow in versatile soil and in just about any condition. From rocky, sandy, rich soil, to shallow, steep, and flat grounds. It is harvested for the hardwood and bark. It is cultivated in gardens as a decorative plant. Some say the sap has a turpentine element and they differ on opinion of the scent. Some even say that there is no scent.


The mature tree has orange-red bark and exhibits a distinctive pattern. The younger tree exhibits black-brown bark and loggers call it "blackjack". Some Blue stain fungus is brought by the Pine Beetle. The pine needles are the only know food for the gelechiid moth. In 1953, during the Operation Upshot-Knothole, the ponderosa pine was chosen for a nuclear test. It was chosen to see what would happen to a forest during a blast wave. They took 145 trees and replanted them into the Area 5 of the Nevada test site. It was documented that the trees were blown over and partly burned.


It is an evergreen pine tree, and it's super sturdy and lives for decades. It's one of the favorites for south and eastern united states. Hardy in most zones and proliferates.The ponderosa pine tree is also commonly known as the Pinus ponderosa. This species grows in various habitats in the western United States and Canada. The ponderosa pine tree is known for its pleasant smell resembling vanilla with a hint of butterscotch. The tree has dark gray and black colored bark with deep cracks that often form patterns. The bark on younger trees show a slightly different color and are more flaky in appearance. The green needles are bundled together and are about 5 to 10 inches long. The pine cones are about 3 to 6 inches long. Aged trees grow approximately 150 to 180 feet tall. The trees are about 3 to 4 feet tall in diameter. Native Americans used the tree for food and also for medicinal purposes. The tree can be used to reduce fever, for coughs, for muscular pain, earaches, and for inflamed eyes. If seedlings are planted, they should be planted at the edge of the open country so that they can adapt to its habitat. During hot summer months, they should be shaded. They should also be protected from deer and watered during the summer until roots reach deep moisture for twelve to twenty-four months.