There are 2 to 5, about 20 cm long needles to a base. The needles are quite soft.
The flowers are inconspicuous.
The cones are up to 10 cm (3.9 in) long and are red-brown.
The ponderosa pine is an important source of timber.
The pine forms a straight trunk. The crown may be rounded when they stand close together, otherwise the ponderosa pine is branched pyramidally from top to bottom.