[a.k.a. Ponderosa White Pine, Bull Pine, Western Red Pine, Western Yellow Pine]
Ponderosa Pine are famously valued for fast growth, reaching up to 125 ft or more at maturity. They can often be seen used as borders along highways. Excellent green ornamental color and wonderful pine fragrance make Ponderosa Pine a popular choice for ornamental plantings. But plan accordingly for the towering height when fully grown.
Ponderosa Pine seedlings are a good choice for erosion control due to their robust root systems. However, this species needs well draining soil and therefore does quite well in poor, sandy and rocky soils. As a result, this species is not recommended for wet or heavy dark soils. These soil preferences naturally make the Ponderosa Pine fairly drought tolerant and therefore should not be over-watered. 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. As Ponderosa mature, they drop lower needles and branches and take on a very straight, columnar trunk. 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.
Keep your eyes open for the annual threats of bark beetles and pine budworm. It generally takes several years of sustained attack on already weakened trees to cause real problems.
Ponderosa Pine 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.
Ponderosa Pine seedlings: characteristics and options• 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 [pre-order now for Spring 2019]
--- Ponderosa Pine plug seedlings [now shipping]
--- Ponderosa Pine plug transplants [sold out till Fall 2019]
--- Ponderosa Pine conservation grade plug transplants [sold out till Fall 2019]
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• Comparable alternative species: Austrian Pine, Eastern White Pine, and Red Pine. Confused about species? Check out our Evergreen Tree Buyers Guide
PRE-ORDER NOW FOR SPRING 2019!
These specific bare root evergreen trees are available for pre-order now and start shipping April 1, 2019. If you’d like to delay shipment to later in April or May of 2019, please specify that date in a follow up email after placing your order. If you need evergreen trees shipped before or after these dates, please look at our various sizes and species of plug seedlings and plug transplants, which can be shipped at nearly any time of year.