This is a large evergreen tree which is native to Colorado and can be found throughout the state in the higher elevations but it is challenging to grow in our valley. They like open areas with full sun and do best on well drained soils. The tree can often be identified by its long needles that grow in bundles of 3, sometimes 2. Under cultivation, Ponderosa pines can reach a height of up to 100 feet. As with many pines, the older bark exudes the sweet smell of vanilla.