Pinus ponderosa 'Peňáz' / Peňáz ponderosa pine

Pinus ponderosa 'Peňáz' is a vigorous, monstrous form of ponderosa pine with sparse branching, extremely thick branchlets and long, dark-green needles. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 18 to 24 feet (6 - 8 m) tall, an annual growth rate of 1.5 to 2 feet (45 - 60 cm).

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in the early 1970s by J. Peňáz of Czech Republic. Although extremely rare in the U.S. many collectors have this conifer in their collections. It is virtually impossible to find in the nursery trade.

Pinus ponderosa 'Peňáz' in a private garden in Czech Republic.
Photo by Mesterhazy & Horak, courtesy of
Pinus ponderosa 'Peňáz' — a closeup of pollen cone detail.
Photo by Leah Alcyon