Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa)

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Cones symmetrical, 3-6 inches; needles 4-11 inches, bundled in 2's and 3's; mature bark with yellowish to reddish plates and blackish furrows; growing in the west.

by Michael Kuo

Habitat: In transition zones between lower elevation forests and subalpine forests; in pure stands or, more commonly, dominating mixed conifer forests; western.

Stature: 150-180 feet high; to 4 feet in diameter; conical or flat-topped; trunk symmetrical.

Needles: Mostly 4-7 inches long (up to 11 inches); dark green or yellowish green; in bundles of 3 (occasionally 2); sturdy.

Bark: 2-4 inches thick at maturity; grayish when young but soon with large yellowish to reddish brown plates separated by blackish furrows.

Cones: 2.5-6 inches; symmetrical; bottom scales remaining attached to tree on falling; scales thin.

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Pinus ponderosa

Pinus ponderosa

Pinus ponderosa

Pinus ponderosa

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