Pinus ponderosa Douglas

Ponderosa Pine

Agric. Man. 354 (1836) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Tree to 40 m tall. Bark thin, pale greyish brown to yellow, shedding in plates. Winter buds 10–13 mm long, resinous; scales closely appressed. Leaves in clusters of (2–)3(–5), 13–30 cm long, glossy, pale green. Female cones solitary, stalked, pendulous, pale, becoming reddish brown, ovoid, 7–15 cm long, deciduous; exposed portion of scale angular with prominent recurved dorsal spine. Seed with a well-developed wing.

*NIS. Also naturalised SA, NSW. Native to the west coast of North America.

In North America Pinus ponderosa is used for timber. Grown as an ornamental in Victoria where it has escaped cultivation near Beechworth.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2014-07-15
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-05-03
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
class Pinopsida
order Pinales
family Pinaceae
genus Pinus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Pinus ponderosa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pinus ponderosa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present cultivated
Northern Inland Slopes present introduced

State distribution

Distribution map
South Australia
New South Wales