Prescott Arizona Ponderosa Pine Tree

Real Estate Agent with Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert

When hanging out in Prescott, Arizona I stumbled across this tree that I now know as a Ponderosa Pine. I've been told that Prescott has more of these trees than anywhere else in the USA. I love nature and love the maturity of this tree. After some research I have found out that the Ponderosa Pine has several distinct scents that no one ever really seems to agree on. Some people will smell butterscotch or vanilla and another person can smell coconut or cinnamon. Scientists don't know why a closely sniffed Ponderosa smells like baking cookies, but nevertheless it does. Some scientists believe it may be from a chemical in the sap that is warmed by the sun. 


Prescott Arizona Ponderosa Pine

Arizona is actually home to the largest contiguous tract of Ponderosa pine forest in the world. This pine forest stretched from the New Mexico border northwest all the way to the Grand Canyon. In 2019 the Ponderosa pine's worth was roughly $350 to $375 dollars with 6 to 7 foot trees being on the lower end and 12 foot plus trees being on the higher end. 


The clear wood on a Ponderosa pine can be used for so many things. From sashes, doors, paneling, woodwork and other home projects including cabinets. The knotty Ponderosa pine is used a lot for interior woodwork like molding and frames. 


Regardless of how it is used, it is beautiful just standing there on its own. 

Comments (4)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Kat - thank you for this additional information on Ponderosa Pines and Prescott Arizona.  I didn't realize they were so plentiful there.  

Sep 28, 2020 05:01 PM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Did not know it has so many scents, almost like a good wine, maybe the needles can be used in cooking to impart some of those scents via smoking. Love your photo, hopefully these trees can get re-established and we can hear you telling us soon that they are growingat a wonderful rate.

Sep 29, 2020 01:25 AM
Realtyna Inc
Realtyna - Newark, DE
Realtyna- MLS RETS Integration software & services

Cool, informative blog. Thanks Kat!

Sep 29, 2020 02:17 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Kat. Was not aware of all the scents! Maybe that is why I never seem to smell the same scent twice. Enjoy your day!

Sep 29, 2020 05:16 AM