General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 40 - 100 feet
Plant Spread: 20 - 40 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Suitable Locations: Street Tree
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Provides winter interest
Shade Tree
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Pollinators: Wind
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
Common names
  • Ponderosa Pine
  • Western Yellow Pine
  • Blackjack Pine
  • Bull Pine
  • Pino Real Americano
  • Filipinus Pine

Photo Gallery
Location: SD
Date: 11/12/2020
After snowfall.
Location: Overgaard, AZ
Before it turns brown, the cone of this tree is near perfect in s
Location: Southern Utah
Date: 2015-02-20

Date: 3/3/2022
Snowy Frost
Location: SD
Date: 12/6/2020
Location: South Dakota
Majestic Power
Location: SD
Date: 2021-11-13
Location: South Dakota
Location: Southern UT
Date: 2015-02-22
Location: CA
Date: 11/6/2020
Location: Overgaard, AZ
Date: 2017-07-14
This is a gorgeous tree, it appears all over the Mogollon Rim.
Location: Kaleden, B.C.
Date: 2012-09-01
Ponderosa Pines at Kaleden, overlooking Skaha Lake.
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Date: 2021-07-09
Location: Okanagan Falls, B.C., Canada
Date: 2012-09-01
Ponderosa Pines with wild Silver Leaf Rabbit Bushes.
Location: Okanagan Falls, B.C., Canada
Date: 2012-09-01
Ponderosa trunk, with the characteristic rust brown or reddish ba
Location: Grandview Heights Land - Castlegar, B.C. 
Date: 2006-08-05
Ponderosa branches. With the early morning sun at the right angle

Date: 2017-07-14
Location: Overgaard, AZ
Location: Grandview Heights Land - Castlegar, B.C. 
Date: 2008-08-22
The Ponderosa Pine that we at Grandview like to call the Spirit T
Location: Okanagan Falls, B.C., Canada
Date: 2012-09-01
Ponderosa Pines with Rabbit Bushes, Greasewood, wild Mullein and
Location: La Pine State Park, Oregon
tallest Ponderosa Pine in Oregon.  photo credit: Hans-Jürgen Hü
Location: Klamath Marsh National Wildlife Refuge
photo by Walter Siegmund
Location: Pleasant Grove,  Utah
Date: 2012-04-09
In my garden
Location: Garfield, WA
Date: 2010-01-16
The lone Ponderosa Pine tree, an old friend.
Location: Zion NPS
Date: 2011-09-04
Credit NPS Photo Caitlin Ceci
Location: Black Hills of South Dakota
Date: 2013-07-21
Location: Black Hills of South Dakota
Date: 2013-07-21
Location: Black Hills of South Dakota
Date: 2013-07-21
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  • Posted by Cakeholemoon (Garfield, WA - Zone 6a) on Feb 20, 2018 10:14 PM concerning plant:
    I love pine trees, and I especially love the Ponderosa Pine. There is a lone Ponderosa Pine tree living next to my property. It must be over 100 years old and 100 feet tall. I visit it once in a while and listen to the wind whispering through the needles way up in the branches at the top. The lower branches have long since receded. The puzzle-like bark is over 3 inches thick at the base with deep grooves. Fire protection at its finest. It had several sister trees living nearby that have fallen because the land that they lived on changed from dry land to wet land. During a wet and flooded winter, the wind blew them down exposing giant pancake-like root disks which could no longer hold the massive weight of the trees upright to the wet soggy earth. The lone survivor may be in danger. I planted a small stand of Ponderosas nearby on a dry hill above the flood plain. They were just seedlings when planted and now they are soaring above my head and catching some wind of their own. They grow fast, and now they are getting big enough for me to prune a few of the lower branches to allow easier passage for me into my miniature pine forest. I love the smell of my pine forest. I love to stand among them and take in the sights, smells, and sounds of them. I collected some pine needles from them one day and extracted the essential oil through a distillation process. A half-pound of pine needles yielded about 2 ml of oil. Now I can smell my favorite pine trees anytime, anyplace. And when I do, I am standing among them once again.
  • Posted by robertduval14 (Milford, New Hampshire - Zone 5b) on Apr 18, 2013 9:55 PM concerning plant:
    Montana's state tree.
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