The Flora of Mount Shasta
Ponderosa PinePine Family (Pinaceae) Pinus ponderosa
Growth Form: Tall tree, 125 to180 feet, with an open, broad crown
Leaves: Evergreen; needles in bundles of 3, yellow-green to blue-green, 5 to 10 inches, clustered at ends of branches, needles persist on branches about 3 to 5 years
Bark: Reddish-orange to brown, irregular scaly plates of jigsaw puzzle-like pieces
Cone: Oval, 3 to 6 inches, brown, scale prickles point out
Found: Grows in a variety of soil and moisture conditions but most commonly in dry, open areas. Frequently found in pure stands.
Tidbits: The wood has a wide variety of uses. Seeds are consumed by grouse, quail, tree squirrels and chipmunks.
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