Ponderosa Pine

Montana State Tree

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Ponderosa pine tree

Ponderosa pine tree; photo by Clyde frogg on Wikipedia (use permitted with attribution: CC BY 3.0).

Ponderosa Pine

Montana designated the ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) as the official state tree in 1949. Montana schoolchildren selected the ponderosa pine over the Douglas fir, American larch, and cottonwood as Montana’s state tree in 1908, but it was not made official until 1949.

The ponderosa pine is known by many names; western yellow pine, bull pine, black Jack pine, western red pine, Sierra brownbark pine, heavy pine, and western pitch pine.

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Images

Massive ponderosa pine tree; photo by Seb Ruiz on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

Massive ponderosa pine tree

Ponderosa pine with young cones; photo by skw (aurorasoul) on Flickr (use permitted with attribution).

Ponderosa pine with young cones

Limbs of a ponderosa pine tree; photo by Beth Hoffman on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

Ponderosa pine tree limbs