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Bohun B. Kinloch, Jr. and William H. Scheuner
Called "the most princely of the genus" by its discoverer, David Douglas, sugar pine (Pinus lambertiana) is the tallest and largest of all pines, commonly reaching heights of 53 to 61 m (175 to 200 ft) and d.b.h. of 91 to 152 cm (36 to 60 in). Old trees occasionally exceed 500 years and, among associated species, are second only to giant sequoia in volume. For products requiring large, clear pieces or high dimensional stability, sugar pine's soft, even-grained, satin-textured wood is unsurpassed in quality and value. The huge, asymmetrical branches high in the crowns of veteran trees, bent at their tips with long, pendulous cones, easily identify sugar pine, which "more than any other tree gives beauty and distinction to the Sierran forest" (25).