A evergreen tree that is fast growing up to 150 feet. The scaly bark is orange- brown; needles area a lush green with toothed edges and pointed ends. Flowers are red-brown with white- fringed blooming from April to June. Male cones are orange or yellow and are located in small clusters near the tips of the branches. The female cone is ova with a small prickle at the tip of each scale. Both make good forage for many small wild animals consuming the seeds found inside the cone. Common to forest and open ranges, it roots well in most soils making in great for erosion control and cover. Used for lumber and can live up to 300 to 600 years. Established in the North and southwestern United States.