A Ponderosa Pine tree branch covered in heavy hoarfrost. Ponderosa Pines (pinus ponderosa) are drought tolerant trees with thick protective bark comprised of stacked plates. Ponderosa needles are bundled in threes and they are five to ten inches long, forming tufts at branch ends, with three to six inch long pine cones. These trees can grow 150 to 180 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet in diameter. The National Register of Big Trees lists a Ponderosa Pine in California that is 235' tall and 324" in circumference. There are reports of one in Oregon's Siskiyou National Forest measured to be 268.35 feet tall!
There is currently a movement underway in Coeur d'Alene to save hundreds of Pondersa Pine and other trees from being removed at the order of the Army Corp of Engineers. You can read more about the project here and sign a petition to save the trees here.
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