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Pinus lambertiana

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Species Name: Pinus lambertiana
Common Name: Sugar Pine

World's tallest pine tree. Branches are asymmetrical and horizontal. Distinctive silhoutte is visible from up to five miles away. Mature trees are resistant to fire. Cinnamon red bark.

Plant Family: Pinaceae
Plant Type: Tree
Height by Width: 175 - 200' H x 10'-25'w"
Growth Habit: Erect, single-stemmed tree
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Sun to part sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining, rocky, acidic
Water Requirements: Occasional to moderate
Cold Hardy to: 10,000'
Flower Season: Cones
Flower Color: Cones
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Northwest, Cascade Range, Sierra Nevada, Southwest, Western Great Basin, Oregon, Northern Baja
Natural Habitat: Mixed conifer and evergreen forests

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