Distribution: British Columbia to California, east to Utah and Montana; in the Washington Olympics
Habitat: Moist valleys and drier slopes, near sea level to mid-elevations in the mountains
Cones: May - June
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Medium-sized tree up to 40 m. tall.
Bark very thin, at first gray and smooth, becoming checked into squarish, flaking scales, grayish where exposed, cinnamon-brown underneath.
Needles in clusters of 5, light bluish-green, slender, 5-10 cm. long, obtuse, on spur branches that are ultimately deciduous with the needles.
Staminate cones clustered, yellow, under 1 cm. long, crowded at the base of shoots of the current season; ovulate cones at the tips of upper branches, greenish-yellow to purplish when young, short-stalked, pendent, 15-25 cm. long and 6-9 cm. thick, the scales thin, broadened upward and red to brown below the yellowish-brown, obtuse tip.