Ponderosa pines (Pinus ponderosa) are large trees native to the rocky mountain region of North America. These large trees can grow to 50-60 feet tall with a spread of around 25 feet. Therefore, a large growing space is required for these beautiful evergreens, and remember to think long term when choosing its final planting location as it could be there for more than 600 years.
Typically, the bottom half of the trunk is limbless, while the top half bares branches with needles. Needles are stiff and between 5-8 inches long. The bark of Ponderosa pines provides an interesting texture to landscaping with its orange/brown colour and scaly look. In contrast, the needles are a lush green with a fresh fragrance.
If you have the space, the Ponderosa pine is a perfect choice if you want a tree that digs roots in and grows rapidly. This makes them a good choice for use in erosion control. These trees will survive in pretty well any soil condition, however, tree care is made easier in well-drained, loamy soil, with a good deal of sun. When young they can tolerate water stress, however, this is not preferred. Once they reach a maturity, ponderosa pines are considered drought tolerant.