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Pine Trees of Arizona
Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa)
  Common names: Western Yellow Pine
  Bull Pine, Silver Pine, Yosemite Pine..
  Height: 150-223 ft
  Diameter: 4 ft
  Showy flower: no
  Fall colors: no-evergreen
  Drought tolerant:
  Annual rainfall: 15-25
  Soil Needs: moist, pH 5.0-9.0
  Frost Free Days: 150
  Minimum Temperature (F): -36
  Growth Rate: moderate
  State List: AZ, CA, CO, ID, MT, ND,
  NE, NV...                         ...more                                           
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Pinus ponderosa cones, nestled in a thick tuft of needles, hang from branches in bundles of 3.
Small brown single winged Pinus ponderosa seeds
Warm brown in color, Pinus ponderosa cones average 6 inches in length
Ponderosa pines are towering trees, regularly hitting the record books and recenty taking the title of tallest pine in the world at a staggering 268.35 feet tall.  Height ranges between 150-223 usually, but great heights have been recorded at optimum sites.  Trunk diameter is typically no larger than 4 feet.  Ponderosa pines have a single trunk with rough                   ...more
Pinus ponderosa is native to all but a few southern counties of Arizona
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Arizona Native Pine Trees, Pinus
The state distribution maps in the species info boxes
below are from the USDA NRCS PLANTS Database
at  In instances where state specific
maps are unavailable, the US distribution map will be
used in its place.  Also, the PLANTS Database
website states "Our county data are based primarily
on the literature, herbarium specimens, and confirmed observations. However, not all
populations have been documented, so some gaps in the distribution shown above may not be
real. Remember that only native and naturalized populations are mapped!"

Pine trees are one of the most varied and widely spread genus of native tree species in North
America.  From the cold mountains of Alaska to Nova Scotia in the east, from high wind-swept
Rocky Mountain cliffs to the fertile Appalachian forests, on seaside borders, swamps, dry
foothills, lowlands and everywhere in between, pine trees can be found.  Adapted to so many
environments, pine trees are hardy survivors in their native habitat.  The pine trees of North
America were used by Native Americans for treatments of respiratory ailments, in canoe
building and even as food.  Today native pines are one of the most valuable commercial timber
sources and continue to be used for construction, furniture, pulpwood, land management and
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