Pinus ponderosa (Ponderosa Pine)
Order Pinales, Family Pinaceae, Genus Pinus
Pinus ponderosa predominates on south facing slopes, and is supposed to be a tree of the savanna. Our woods are too thick, which contributes to disease and fuels overload.
Ponderosa Pine has three, and sometimes two, needles per bundle.
The bark of Ponderosa is platey and red, and sometimes smells like vanilla.