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Rocky Mountain Ponderosa Pine, Interior Ponderosa PIne, Black Hills Ponderosa Pine, Ponderosa Pine
Pinus ponderosa var. scopulorum


Rocky Mountain ponderosa pine grows in Texas only in woodland areas of the Chisos, Davis and Guadalupe mountains in west Texas, at altitudes of 4,000 to 8,000 feet. It grows in limestone and igneous soils, and has a long taproot which makes it drought resistant as well as windfirm. Needles are in bundles of 3, but sometimes 2 or 5. It is a tough, durable tree that withstands drought and poor rocky soils, but not sites with poor drainage.

Plant Habit or Use: upright conifer large tree

Exposure: sun

Flower Color: small reddish or light brown cones near branch tips

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: oval to oblong cone, 3-6 in. on short stock. Sharp prickles on scales.

Height: to 100 ft.

Width: to 30 ft.

Plant Character: evergreen

Heat Tolerance: low

Water Requirements: medium low

Soil Requirements: adaptable

USDA Hardiness Zone: 5

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