Ponderosa Pine Tree- Package of 50 Seeds

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Ponderosa Pine Tree Seeds (50)

 

The ponderosa pine is a long-lived tree that grows in western North America from British Columbia to Mexico and eastward from the Pacific Ocean to Nebraska. Found in the mountains and mesas of its range, it is also known as the western yellow pine.

The tree has strong, pendulous branches that curve upwards at the tips. The shoots are green or orange-brown at first then turn nearly black. 

The needles of the ponderosa pine come three to a basal sheath that’s about 7/8 inches long. They are yellow-green or dark green depending on their location and cling to the tree for three to four years before they drop. They are dense on the branches and can grow 5 to 10 inches long. Their margins are toothed but the teeth are so minuscule they are hard to see. The needles also have stomatic lines and resin canals up the middle.

The cones of the ponderosa pine can be solitary or found in clusters. They are oval-shaped, 3 to 10 inches long, and lack stalks. They're a light reddish-brown and each scale has a tiny prickle at the top. They contain 1/3 inch long oval seeds that have a 3/4 inch wing. When the pine cones finally fall, they leave a few basal scales attached to the branch.

The bark of the tree is yellow or dark reddish-brown, with irregular scaly plates that thicken in older trees. The wood is hard and strong with a close grain and noticeable resin ducts. The ponderosa pine can live up to 400 years. 

Hardy Zones Where They Grow

The adaptable ponderosa pine grows in hardiness zones 3 to 7. This means it can flourish in places where the extreme lowest temperature is -30 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit.

Mature Height 

The ponderosa pine is known for its great height. At maturity, it can stand between 100 and 200 feet tall. The trunk of an older tree is bare until fairly high up, so the crown can be only half the height of the tree.

Mature Width

The spread of the mature ponderosa pine is 25 to 30 feet.

Soil Recommendations

The best type of soil for a ponderosa pine is rich, moist, and well-drained, but it can do well in a variety of soils, including soils that are dry and alkaline. Once the tree is established, it is very drought tolerant. Its long taproot allows the ponderosa pine to find water in dry climates.

Bloom Color 

The flowers or strobili of the ponderosa pine are monoecious, which means they are separate female and male flowers. The females are yellow while the males are red. The fertilized females develop into cones. 

Bloom Season

The bloom season of the ponderosa pine is in spring, and the cones mature throughout the summer. The tree usually can reproduce when it’s about 20 years old.

 

Besides its beauty, the ponderosa pine is an excellent tree for attracting birds and small mammals who eat the seeds.

 

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