Please post your Ponderosa Pines photos herePonderosa Pines (Pinus ponderosa) are evergreen trees native to North America. They are common in mountain and plateau areas at elevations between 5,700 and 8,900 feet.
They were named after their ponderous size and can range from 60 to 130 feet in height and 2 to 4 feet in diameter at maturity.
Mature trees have a distinctive reddish-brown bark, broken into large, flat scaly plates. Their root system is deep, which enables them to access water and keep the tree from blowing over.
Ponderosa Pines can live as long as 400 to 500 years. Quail, squirrels and many other kinds of wildlife consume their seeds. Nutcrackers and chipmunks cache them, thereby helping to bring forth new pines.
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