[a.k.a. Ponderosa White Pine, Western Red Pine]
Ponderosa Pine 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. As it matures, this species drops lower needles and branches and takes on a very straight, columnar trunk.
DISCONTINUED in this size, see Ponderosa Pine seedlings
The Ponderosa Pine is a good choice for erosion control due to a robust root system. However, it needs well draining soil and therefore does quite well in poor, sandy and rocky soils but not wet or heavy dark soils. These soil preferences naturally make Ponderosa Pine plug transplants fairly drought tolerant, and so they should not be over-watered. Ponderosa 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 mature Ponderosa Pine plug transplants 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 ground fires 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.
It is 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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Ponderosa Pine plug transplants: characteristics and info
• prefers hardiness zones 3-7
• prefers full sun
• mature height and spread: up to 100 ft high, 30 ft spread
• prefers sandy soils, clay soils, rocky soils, well drained soils, acidic soils
• Wikipedia info on Pinus ponderosa
• Ponderosa Pine Sizes and Availability:
--- Ponderosa Pine seedlings [sold out till Fall 2023]
--- Ponderosa Pine plug seedlings [sold out till Fall 2023]
• Comparable alternative species: Austrian Pine, Eastern White Pine, and Red Pine. Confused about species? Check out our Evergreen Tree Buyers Guide
5-pack for $47.00 (5 evergreen plug transplants)
10-pack for $72.00 (10 evergreen plug transplants)
25-pack for $155.00 (25 evergreen plug transplants)
50-pack for $274.00 (50 evergreen plug transplants plus a free auger)