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Silas Little and Peter W. Garrett
The species name of pitch pine (Pinus rigida) means rigid or stiff and refers to both the cone scales (17) and the wide-spreading, sharply pointed needles (5). It is a medium-sized tree with moderately strong, coarse-grained, resinous wood that is used primarily for rough construction and where decay resistance is important. One tree in Maine measured 109 cm (43 in) in d.b.h., 29 m (96 ft) tall, with a crown spread of 15 m (50 ft) (11).