Ponderosa Pine – Montana State Tree

on May 11, 2003

The Ponderosa pine was adopted as the state tree in 1949 at the urging of the Montana Federation of Garden Clubs. It’s the most common tree in the state, and can grow up to 200 feet tall with a trunk 8 feet thick. Often used in construction by early settlers, the Ponderosa pine has been called the “king of the forests.” Lewis and Clark were introduced to the tree long before they saw it: Ponderosa pine cones had drifted hundreds of miles down the Missouri River.

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