[a.k.a. Ponderosa White Pine, Western Red Pine]
Ponderosa Pine plug seedlings are valued for fast growth, reaching up to 125 ft or more at maturity. Its excellent green ornamental color and wonderful pine fragrance make Ponderosa a popular choice for ornamental plantings. They are often planted as borders along highways, but plan accordingly for the towering height when fully grown.
Ponderosa Pine plug seedlings for sale, approx 5-8″ tall [click to enlarge]
As they mature, Ponderosa Pine plug seedlings lose lower needles and branches and take on a very straight, columnar trunk. The Ponderosa Pine is a good choice for erosion control, with a robust root system. However, it needs well draining soil and does quite well in poor, sandy and rocky soils and not wet or heavy dark soils. These soil preferences naturally make the Ponderosa Pine plug seedling fairly drought tolerant and easy to over water. It thrives in acidic soils, and should not be planted in alkaline soils unless you want to put in the work of amending the soil.
The needles and bark of the Ponderosa Pine are very popular with a wide range of birds and small animals, who make nests and homes from these materials. The very high treetops combined with very little lower branches make it a perfect vantage point for birds of prey. The thick bark is resistant to small groundfires which clear out underbrush.
The Ponderosa Pine is susceptible to bark beetles and pine budworm, so keep your eyes open for these annual threats. It generally takes several years of sustained attack on already weakened trees to cause real problems.
Ponderosa are one of the most important species for timber production in North America, with over a billion board feet produced annually. Examples of living specimens are over 500 years old. If you plant one and it lives to be this old, please let us know.
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Watch how to plant evergreen seedling plugs faster and with less effort than any other type of “bare root” evergreen tree. With just a cordless drill, a garden cart or wheelbarrow, a 5 gallon bucket of water, and any old/dull/rusty 1 inch drill bit you have lying around, you can realistically plant one plug seedling per minute. Your back will thank us later 🙂
These specific plug seedlings are available and shipping now. If you’d like to delay shipment, please specify that date in a follow up email after placing your order. However, shipping season for these specific evergreen trees pauses in mid-December 2018 and resumes in mid-January 2019, and continues through the end of May 2019 or till sold out.