Ponderosa pine is a medium to large growing evergreen conifer with very long, dark yellowish-green needles that occur in bunches of threes. The bark is dark grey and becomes more orange-brown with age. The pine grows on dry sites in low to mid elevations and occurs in open forests in interior and southern BC. It is the dominant tree species in the Ponderosa pine zone. The needles have been used by first nation people for tea, the seeds have been used for food, and their trunks can be used to build canoes.