Features & Specs
Max Elevation: 7,500 ft.
Hardiness: Zone 3B-7
Mature Height x Spread: 40′ x 30′
Shape: Broad, pyramidal. Limbs to the ground.
Growth Rate: 1′ or more per year
Foliage: Long, stiff, dark green needles in bunches of 2 (Ponderosa have bunches of 3).
Bloom: Non-flowering. Buds are a light silver color (Ponderosa is brown).
Wind or sight screening in urban areas. Winter foliage.
Tolerates: Deer, Rabbits, Drought
Planting & Maintenance
Sun: Full sun, tolerates light shade
Soil: Does not like low-lying wet areas.
Water: All new plant material needs regular watering – see our Plant Care Guide. Once established will tolerate long periods of drought and require little supplemental watering
Special Considerations: Allow a minimum of 8′ around base for lower branches to grow. Don’t over water, don’t allow to become bone-dry while roots are establishing (1-3 years after planting).
Maintenance: Pruning is not generally recommended. People will often prune lower branches to create clearance – do this only once tree is established or if they become a problem.