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Ponderosa Pine

Zones 3-7

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The Ponderosa Pine (Pinus Ponderosa) is is an evergreen tree, keeping its foliage year-round. The Ponderosa Pine grows to a height of 60–100′ and a spread of 25–30′ at maturity. This tree grows at a medium rate, with height increases of 13–24″ per year. The Ponderosa Pine adapts to a variety of soil conditions at high and low elevations including deep, moist, well-drained, loamy sand, clay loam, rocky, dry, alkaline and salt soils. It is highly drought-tolerant once established but is intolerant of excessively wet or poorly drained sites. This pine is intolerant to shade, and prefers full sun at all time. Develops a deep taproot, making it very wind-resistant. Becomes fire-resistant once mature due to its thick bark. Can be used for a windbreak, buffer strip, reclamation, lumber and mass landscape planting. Features stout, green to yellowish-green needles 5–7″ in length that are usually tufted at the ends of mostly bare branches. Produces reddish-brown cones that are 3–6″ in length. Each cone scale is tipped with a sharp prickle. Gives off a sweet aroma. Matures to an irregular, cylindrical shape. It begins growing in a pyramidal shape.

Full sun is recommended

Zones 3-7

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