Created By: Cornell Botanic Gardens
From a distance, Jeffrey’s Pine, or Pinus jeffreyi, and the Ponderosa Pine, or Pinus ponderosa, are nearly identical and both originate in Western North America; however, if you were to smell the needles of both, it would be clear how different they really are. Ponderosa Pine smells of a typical, resinous pine, while Jeffrey’s Pine can smell like citrus, vanilla, or butterscotch. The texture of their cones is also distinguishable, where Ponderosa Pine cone barbs point outward, feeling prickly to the touch, while Jeffrey’s Pine cone barbs point inward and feel smooth in your hand.
This point of interest is part of the tour: Conifer Slope Tour