ponderosa pine

Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa)

At a Glance Height: 100-150 feet Spread: Up to 60 feet Shape: Pyramidal when young, growing roundish to irregular cylindrical Exposure: Full sun, south-facing. Intolerant of shade Native? Yes Evergreen? Yes Leaves: Yellow-green needles that are 3 to 7 inches long Fruit: Light reddish cones, egg-shaped Firewise? Yes, fire-resistant because of thick bark, loss of…

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douglas-fir cone

Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii)

Douglas-fir is a common evergreen tree here in Colorado. Sporting 1-inch needles, extremely thick and furrowed bark, and distinctive cones, mature trees can reach over 100 feet in height and are typically found at elevations between 6,000 and 9,500 feet. Despite its name, Douglas-fir isn’t a fir tree at all. While it shares many of…

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chokecherry flowers and leaves

Canada Red Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana)

At A Glance Colorful foliage and fragrant spring flowers make the Canada Red Select Chokecherry a great native landscape tree for Colorado homeowners!In spring it produces elongated clusters of fragrant white flowers that glow against its leaves, which are green when they emerge in spring, turn dark purple in summer, and bright red in fall.…

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