ponderosa pine - Pinaceae Pinus ponderosa

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PIPO

Taxonomy

FamilyPinaceae
GenusPinus
Speciesponderosa
Common Nameponderosa pine
iTree CodePIPO

Plant Form

FormTree: large, very tall with thick trunk
Height225 feet
Spread45 feet
DeciduousNo

Identification Description

Foliageneedles in bundles of 2-3, 6-8" long, dark green, thick/stiffLeaf Type Information IconNeedle
Needles3
Barkgrayish & scaly, becoming irregular, furrowed red-brown plates; can have a pineapple/vanilla scent
Buddark red/brown, oval, tightly packedBud Arrangement Information IconNone
Twiggray/brown with scales where needle bundles have dropped
Flowermale (staminate strobili) purple/red in clusters ; female (ovulate strobili) ~1" long, yellow/green; male and female on same tree (monoecious)
Fruitwoody cone, 3” to 6” in length, scales having stiff spines
Fall Colorgreen

Site Characteristics

USDA Zones   info for zonespH LevelsSalt Tolerance
Min3aMin5.0SoilModerate
Max7aMax9.0SprayModerate

Shade ToleranceDrought ToleranceAllelopathy
IntolerantHighNo

Species Status

Nebraska NativeYes Check
U.S. NativeYes Check
Region of OriginUnited States, Canada
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