Pinus ponderosa

Also called yellow pine, grows up to 65′ tall with dark brown furrowed bark that smells like vanilla on a warm day. It has long needles and pokey cones. Popular for its straight growth habit and jigsaw puzzle-shaped bark.

Ponderosa pine

Photo credit: Seven Oaks Native Nursery

ponderosa needles

Photo credit: Seven Oaks Native Nursery

  • Ponderosa pine
  • ponderosa needles

Plant Details

Oak woodland
Upland Prairie and Savanna
Riparian Forests
Bottomland Forests
Bottomland Forest; Riparian Forest; Oak woodland; Upland Prairie and Oak Savanna. Native pine to Willamette Valley.
Mature Height:
Shade Preference:
Full Sun,
Soil Tolerance:
Wet to dry soils
Special Uses:
Provides wildlife forage, cover and food; Grown for timber production; Deer resistant (protect when young)
Arboretum Locations:
Cheldelin Middle School Arboretum
Corvallis Waldorf School Native Arboretum
Crescent Valley High School Arboretum
Year(s) Planted:
2011, 1996, 2010