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Ponderosa Pine

Montana State Tree

Ponderosa pine tree; photo by Clyde frogg on Wikipedia (use permitted with attribution: CC BY 3.0).

Official State Tree of Montana

Montana designated the ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) as the official state tree in 1949. All State Trees

Montana schoolchildren selected the ponderosa pine over the Douglas fir, American larch, and cottonwood as Montana’s state tree in 1908, but it was not made official until 1949.

The ponderosa pine is known by many names; western yellow pine, bull pine, black Jack pine, western red pine, Sierra brownbark pine, heavy pine, and western pitch pine.