Pine at Hoyt Arboretum
Jeffrey pine is similar in appearance to ponderosa pine. It
grows to over 130 feet (40 meters), much smaller than the largest
Like ponderosa pine, it has 3 needles
bundle. Jeffrey pine needles typically grow
farther along the twig, while ponderosa pine needles tend to be bunched
cones are 6 to 10 inches long and have a
sharp prickle on each scale. Although Jeffrey cones are often described
as less prickley than ponderosa cones, the difference is a subtle one.
Cone size is the best way to distinguish Jeffrey pine
from ponderosa pine, which has smaller 3 to 6 inch cones. The
prickles do tend to
point out more on Ponderosa cones, but this doesn't mean you won't feel
any pain when you pick up a Jeffrey cone. The Jeffrey prickles
are long and narrow compared to those of ponderosa pine.
The bark looks similar to ponderosa pine with flat plates
shaped like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. But Jeffrey Pine bark is
brown. The bark is variously described as smelling like vanilla, lemon,
it grows: Southwest Oregon
and throughout the Sierra Nevada of California up to the
Similar to ponderosa pine.
after Scottish botanist John Jeffrey. Other common names: Western
yellow pine, bull pine.
and Jeffrey cones
and Jeffrey prickles