Baby Ponderosa

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Baby Pondo growing through basalt lava rock in Mom’s shadow. Getting strong as the season goes on. Currently about 1.5 years old. Seedling collected spring 2019.
 

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@hinmo24t, Ponderosa pines are native to the western North America. If you visit places like Yosemite, you'll notice the large puzzle patterned barked pines, those are ponderosas. They are also known as yellow pine. They are amazing trees.
 

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Nice! Mine have loooooong needles after year 1.
I think it would be nice to compare how they fare here compared to the US.

For anyone reading along wanting to make seedling cuttings: do it at the start of summer, not at the start of spring. They'll root faster if you do it later.
 

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@hinmo24t, Ponderosa pines are native to the western North America. If you visit places like Yosemite, you'll notice the large puzzle patterned barked pines, those are ponderosas. They are also known as yellow pine. They are amazing trees.
very cool. looks like the west coast version of the more rare pitch pine on east coast. cape cod pines. i have them around me and accidentally killed two this year :(

i have a 4' tall kotobuki pine which is japanese black pine grafted onto another rootstock, pretty slick graft because it has a 4" base on the 4' tree and i havent even begun working on it yet
 

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Nice! Mine have loooooong needles after year 1.
I think it would be nice to compare how they fare here compared to the US.

Some of mine have long full length needles too. So far for this one they’re short. As it grows I’m sure they’ll get longer.
 

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very cool. looks like the west coast version of the more rare pitch pine on east coast. cape cod pines. i have them around me and accidentally killed two this year :(

i have a 4' tall kotobuki pine which is japanese black pine grafted onto another rootstock, pretty slick graft because it has a 4" base on the 4' tree and i havent even begun working on it yet

The pitch pines of cape cod are wonderful trees as well, I love visiting cape cod in the summer and being surrounded by pitch pines and oaks.

Both pitch and ponderosas have 3 needle clusters, however, their adult phenotype in the wild is a bit different. Ponderosa needles can be a quite a bit longer than pitch and other pines such as JBP, so proper size scaling for bonsai is a key factor when working ponderosa pines. I only have one ponderosa in development and I am still learning the proper scaling. With ponderosas, you'll generally need to aim for a large bonsai.
 

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@StarGazer cool you visit all the way over here. i only went to AZ west coast once and was amazed, dodging herds of caribou in microcar rental in MTNS

cape cod is pretty, we have as many great whites as you now. and i surf in high tides at 6 am and 9pm with them anyway.

heres pitch pine for those who never heard of them
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All my Ponderosa are from the wild and 3 needle. Some odd hybrid sometimes will have only 2 needle clusters. Collected one with 2 needle clusters last year, unfortunately it died.

Those pitch pine look great. Here is a pic of Pondo tops I took yesterday as a thunderstorm 🌩 was forming.
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