Can grow over 100 feet tall with a trunk of up to 3 feet in diameter. The native range of Ponderosa pine extends from southern Canada to Mexico, found primarily in forested areas of central and eastern Washington up to elevations of 4,000 feet. Adapted to grow throughout the region, on a wide range of soils, where adequate moisture and drainage is available. Prefers 14 to 30 inches of precipitation annually, much coming from snow in winter, is tolerant of minimal perception in summer but intolerant of shade. These are an important conservation species as they are one of the most widely distributed pines in North America, providing important wildlife habitat. Seedlings may require protection as rodents, elk and deer are likely to cause damage from browsing.