Ponderosa pine trees are well known throughout the western regions of the United States where they survive drought and thrive in mountainous conditions. Though often found in the mountains, these evergreen trees do well in urban environments when given the overhead space they need. They grow at a medium pace and a grower can expect their ponderosa to grow between 13 and 24 feet per year. When you plant a ponderosa pine you can expect the tree to last for generations. Their recorded lifespan is up to 300 years.