Ponderosa pine can be
tall trees, some growing over 160 feet tall and have
trunk 3 feet or more in diameter. Ponderosa pine
are known for their long needles and larger then
average pine cones. The cones on a yellow pine tree
6 - 8 inches or more.
Since ponderosa pine grow in areas with lower rainfall
it has a tendancy to grow slowly with mature trees
being 400 + years old.
The sapwood in a ponderosa pine tree tends to be a
pale cream or bone color and in young trees make up
50% of the trees diameter. The heartwood on the other
hand is a yellow or pale orange color.
Ponderosa pine is easy to work with, glues well, machines
well. it is also easy to nail and finished beautifully
with a shallac or oil finish. It needs to be protected
from insects or the weather if being used outdoors.
Ponderosa pine has at best an average resistance to
decay or bugs.
Ponderosa pine is also known as
- yellow pine
- soft pine
- blackjack pine
Ponderosa pine is commonly used for
- framing lumber
- hydro poles / piles
- window & door frames
Ponderosa pine and the pine species in general are
known to cause skin and respiritory irritation in some