Pinus ponderosa, Ponderosa Pine, Pacific Northwest Native Plants, Oregon Native Plant, Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Portland
Pinus ponderosa, Ponderosa Pine, Pacific Northwest Native Plants, Oregon Native Plant, Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Portland
Pinus ponderosa, Ponderosa Pine, Pacific Northwest Native Plants, Oregon Native Plant, Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Portland

Ponderosa Pine

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Pinus ponderosa var. benthamiana

  • Size at maturity: 150-200' tall, 25-30' wide
  • Canopy layer: large tree
  • Light requirements: full sun
  • Moisture requirements: dry soil
  • Growth rate: medium
  • Special features: evergreen, medicinal

The name of this tree refers to the large size they attain at maturity. Ponderosa pines do best in sunny, dry locations and they are one of the most common evergreens in Eastern Oregon. While the bark on young trees is dark gray, with age it becomes orange and scaled like pieces in a jigsaw puzzle. The 6”–9” needles are arranged in bundles of three. (Portland Plant List, 2016)

Photo Credit 1: "Pinus ponderosa (Ponderosa Pine)" by S. Rae is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Photo Credit 2: "Ponderosa" by gerald.byrnes is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Photo Credit 3: "Newly Planted Ponderosa Pine." by born1945 is licensed under CC BY 2.0