(aka Yellow Pine)
Size at 150 years: 120-180 feet tall, 2 1/2 to 4 feet in diameter
Life Span: 300 years
Needles: 5-10" long, in bundles of 3, sometimes 2 on the same twig
Cones: 4-6" long. Conical or egg shaped, with outward pointed prickles
Bark: Black on young trees, yellow-brown on large scaly plates on mature trees
Where to find: Lower elevations and dry southern slopes across the forest.
Things to know:The lumber of the ponderosa pine is valuable, often being used for window frames & panel doors. Quail & nutcrackers consume the seeds. Squirrels and chipmunks often store the seeds in caches, thus aiding their dispersal. Loggers call this yellow pine or bull pine.