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Ponderosa Pine

Pinus ponderosa

Easy to Maintain Native to Pacific Northwest Staff Favorite Valuable to wildlife

Characteristics:
Large, native pine with striking, fragrant bark, long needles, and medium-large cones.

Growing Conditions:
Prefers warm, dry sites. Develops best in wet, deep, sandy gravel and clay loams.

Uses:
Yard tree. Good for windbreak or erosion control. Also, good wildlife tree and is used by birds, chipmunks and squirrels. Eugene customers: available as street tree in 10'+ planting strips.

Height:
100' at maturity

Width:
30' at maturity

Shape:
A large tree with an irregular crown, eventually developing a flat top or short conical crown. The tree self-prunes well.

Flowers:
Flowers on male trees are yellow-red, cylindrical, and clustered near ends of branches. Flowers on female trees are reddish at branch tips.

Leaves:
Needles up to 8

Bark:
Nearly black on young trees, developing cinnamon-colored plates and deep furrows as tree matures.

Pacific Northwest native. Eugene-Springfield customers: FOT Eugene-Springfield plants valley pine, the variety adapted to western Oregon's climate, which grows well in heavy soils. E OR varieties tend not to thrive in W OR.