Pinus ponderosa

Ponderosa Pine
Pinus ponderosa

Family: Pine (Pinaceae)
AKA: Bull Pine, Blackjack Pine, Western Yellow Pine
Photo taken on: April 28, 2007
Location: Almont Triangle, CO
Life Zones: Foothills to montane
Habitat: Open slopes

A tall tree that can grow to 150ft at higher elevations, 230ft in the foothills. Bark on younger trees is dark gray which matures to reddish yellow-brown with deep, dark furrows.arrow

a tree

Pinus ponderosa

Needles are long and in pairs or threes and grow from 3" to 6" long. Female cones are large, woody and have a spine on the scale.

Flora of North America reference.