Ponderosa Pine

  • Ponderosa Pine
    Ponderosa Pine
    Photo: Barbara Zimonick
    Ponderosa Pine
    Ponderosa Pine
    Ponderosa Pine

Ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) is the characteristic tree of the southern Interior of British Columbia. It is commonly used for light and medium construction, window frames and interior trim. Ponderosa pine is also used to produce a wide variety of products including interior wall paneling, shelving, millwork, veneer, trusses, moulding, furniture, boxes, doors and pulp.

The wood is light in colour, ranging from cream to yellow to pale reddish brown. It is straight-grained, nonporous with a fine and uniform texture.

Ponderosa pine is marketed on its own primarily as a millwork species under National Lumber Grades Authority (NLGA) grade rules. Clears, shop lumber and moulding stock are most common, though there are many potential appearance grades that can be produced.