Left: Pinus Spelled with Pinecones; Right: Ponderosa Pine Cone
Pinus Ponderosa (ponderosa pine) has three needles per fascicle. Fascicles are present in all pines and the number of needles per fascicle are a key identification characteristic. In Trees & Shrubs of Washington there is a handly key to evergreen trees that shows the number of needles for a few different pines. This pine is near Lake Wenatchee. The owners of the cabin where we were staying looked at me funny as I collected pinecones.
Key to Evergreens (fromTrees & Shrubs of Washington)