ponderosa pine

(Pinus ponderosa)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

ponderosa pine

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N5 - Secure

Minnesota

not listed

Wetland
Indicator
Status

Great Plains

UPL - Obligate upland

Northcentral & Northeast

UPL - Obligate upland

Nativity

Native to western United States and Canada, including North Dakota and South Dakota. Occasionally planted in Minnesota.

Occurrence

Common and widespread in western United States. Rare in Minnesota.

Habitat

Mostly in pure stands in mountains; also in mixed coniferous forests. In Minnesota, individuals planted in parks and cemeteries.

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Pollination

May 25 to June 15

 
Height

40 to 78

 

Identification

This is a very common and widespread coniferous tree rising on a straight trunk from a vigorous taproot and a deep root system. It is moderately fast growing and long-lived, often reaching ages of 300 to 600 years. The variety most likely to be found in Minnesota is 40 to 78 in height and up to 59 in diameter at breast height.

On young trees (less than 100 years old) the bark is grayish-black and scaly. On older trees the bark is orangish-brown and furrowed into flat, broadly rectangular, scaly plates.

There are usually three, sometimes only two, 4 to 6¾ long needles per bundle (fascicle).

The seed cones are 3 to 6 long. Each scale on the seed cone is armed with a sharp spine.

 

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The description above refers to Rocky Mountain ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa var. scopulorum).

 
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Distribution Distribution Map  

No information available. It has not been recorded on a natural site in Minnesota.


Comments

Common
This is the most widespread and most common pine in North America.


Taxonomy

Family:

Pinaceae (pine)

 

Subfamily:

Pinoideae

 

Genus:

Pinus (pine)

 

Subgenus:

Pinus (hard pine, yellow pine)

 

Section:

Trifoliae (American hard pines)

 

Subsection:

Ponderosae

 
Subordinate Taxa

ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa var. benthamiana)

ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa var. brachyptera)

ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa var. ponderosa)

Rocky Mountain ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa var. scopulorum) ?

 
Synonyms

 

 
Common
Names

blackjack pine

bull pine

ponderosa pine

 

rock pine

western yellow pine

yellow pine


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

fascicle

A small bundle or cluster, often sheathed at the base, as with pine needles.

       

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Published on Oct 10, 2014

Ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa), also called western yellow pine, is one of the most widely distributed pines in western North America. A major source of timber, ponderosa pine forests are also important as wildlife habitat, for recreational use, and for esthetic values. Within its extensive range, two varieties of the species currently are recognized: Pinus ponderosa var. ponderosa (Pacific ponderosa pine) (typical) and var. scopulorum (Rocky Mountain ponderosa pine) (10). Arizona pine (P. arizonica), sometimes classified as a variety of ponderosa pine (12,36,51), is presently recognized as a separate species (45).

 
     

 

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Deryn Davidson, Horticulture Agent, Boulder County Colorado, discusses the Ponderosa Pine tree.

 
     
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Fire is a naturally occurring phenomena in Ponderosa Pine dominated plant communities.

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Published on Oct 19, 2012

Lincoln Park Arboretum, Lincoln Park, Grand Junction, Colorado

 
     

 

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