Species

Pinus ponderosa

Common Name(s)

ponderosa pine

Authority

Pinus ponderosa Douglas ex C.Lawson

Family

Pinaceae

Flora Category

Vascular - Exotic

NVS Species Code

PINPON

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Structural Class

Gymnosperm Trees & Shrubs

Habitat

Terrestrial.

Features

Medium to large tree, (exceeding 30 m in cultivation). Needles are 25 cm long, rigid, dull-green, in bunches of 3, projecting forward. male cones are purple coloured, up to 2cm long and in clusters on young shoots. Female cones are quite large, 6-14 by 5-10 cm, egg shaped and each scale has a small spiny tip.

Similar Taxa

Long needles in clusters of 3. Cones shed annually but leaving basal scales. Similar to P. taeda and P. elliottii but both of these species shed cones entire, and the cones of P. ponderosa are more ovoid.

Flower Colours

No Flowers

Year Naturalised

1925

Origin

Western N. America

Reason For Introduction
Forestry

Life Cycle Comments
Perennial

Reproduction
seed.

Dispersal
wind

This page last updated on 18 Feb 2010