Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa)
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A tan or green dye is obtained from the needles.
A yellow dye can be made from the pollen.
A blue dye can be made from the roots.
The needles contain a substance called terpene, this is released when rain washes over the needles and it has a negative effect on the germination of some plants, including wheat.
The branches are used as a strewing herb.
A decoction of the plant tops has been used as a conditioning wash to give a person a fair and smooth skin.
A fairly wind-tolerant tree, it can be used in shelterbelt plantings.
This tree is a source of resin, though it is not exploited commercially[64, 171]. Oleo-resins are present in the tissues of all species of pines, but these are often not present in sufficient quantity to make their extraction economically worthwhile. The resins are obtained by tapping the trunk, or by destructive distillation of the wood[4, 64]. In general, trees from warmer areas of distribution give the higher yields. Turpentine consists of an average of 20% of the oleo-resin and is separated by distillation[4, 64]. Turpentine has a wide range of uses including as a solvent for waxes etc, for making varnish, medicinal etc. Rosin is the substance left after turpentine is removed. This is used by violinists on their bows and also in making sealing wax, varnish etc. Pitch can also be obtained from the resin and is used for waterproofing, as a wood preservative, adhesive etc. It burns well and so has been used to make torches.
The root fibres have been used in making baskets.
Material for insulation and a tinder are also obtained from the tree. The cones make a quick fire, whilst the scales from the trunk bark burn easily, give off no smoke and cool quickly.
Wood – light, strong, fine-grained and pleasantly aromatic, the wood can vary from soft to hard[1, 46, 82, 171, 226, 229]. An important lumber tree, it is used for making furniture, boxes, toys etc[1, 46, 82, 171, 226, 229], and it is also used for fuel. For reasons that are unclear, some tree stumps contain high concentrations of pitch – this makes them very rot-resistant and inflammable and therefore useful for fence posts and kindling.
Cultivation & Habitat
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