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La Pine, OR 97739
beardoggy1
Aug 9, 2017 6:17 PM CST
We recently purchased a property in La Pine, OR. There are seven trees that appear to be ponderosa. this is our second summer here. One of the trees produced cone buds this year but no cones. If i had to guess, I'd say these trees were planted thirty to forty years ago. Are they too immature to produce cones or are there some species that never produce cones.

Any info would be appreciated,

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DaisyI
Aug 9, 2017 6:27 PM CST
Welcome!

Ponderosa pines (3 needles per sheath) don't produce cones until they are about 50 years old.
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La Pine, OR 97739
beardoggy1
Aug 9, 2017 6:46 PM CST
Thanks, I had considered that might be the case. I know acorns don't produce 'til over 50 years,

Bill
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Leftwood
Aug 9, 2017 7:10 PM CST
Ponderosa pine may cone as early as seven years old, according to the Univ of California
http://ucanr.edu/sites/forestr...

Did the female cones drop off, or just not "grow"? It take two years for a pine cone to mature. Or, could you possibly be mistaking a male cone for a female cone? Male cones are on the lower half of the tree. Female cones are in the upper parts.

From the ones that I have noted here in Minnesota, it takes about 20-25 years for Ponderosa pine to begin coning.

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