Ponderosa Pine Species Profile

Ponderosa pine is the characteristic tree of the southern Interior of British Columbia. It is the largest of the western pine species, and is found on semi-arid plateaus and slopes in the southern Interior, sometimes in almost pure stands. At higher elevations it grows with Interior Douglas-fir. Ponderosa pine is a large-crowned tree with a straight trunk, usually about 25 to 30 metres tall, but sometimes reaching a height of 50 metres and a diameter of 2 metres. Ponderosa pine accounts for 1.3% of British Columbia’s total growing stock.