sugar pine


plural sugar pines
: a very tall pine (Pinus lambertiana) found from Oregon to Baja California and having needles in clusters of five, cones up to 18 inches (46 centimeters) long, and soft reddish-brown wood
also : its wood

Examples of sugar pine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Along 12 acres of the King Fire site, Wright and her team had planted two kinds of pine: ponderosa—which grow up to 200 feet tall with thick, striated bark—and a type of sugar pine resistant to white pine blister rust, a fungus decimating western sugar pines. Lauren Markham, Wired, 9 Oct. 2021 In California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range, ponderosa pines, sugar pines and Douglas firs stand tall. Teresa Nowakowski, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Mar. 2023 The men planted ponderosa and sugar pine, also pieces of the area’s original forest, alongside the sequoias. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 Apr. 2022 Rising temperatures, drought, beetles and massive blazes have taken a staggering toll on the state’s most iconic trees, such as sugar pine and giant sequoia. San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Aug. 2021 The dining room will be decked out in sugar pine, custom brass chandeliers and dark reclaimed redwood, as designed by Studio Terpeluk, the same San Francisco outfit responsible for popular restaurants such as Liholiho Yacht Club. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 June 2021 Last year’s wildfires destroyed a sugar pine seed orchard in Klamath National Forest and another one on Oregon Bureau of Land Management land. Jesse Klein, Wired, 6 Apr. 2021 Located in the Martis Camp development, it is filled with jeffrey and sugar pine trees. Nancy Keates, WSJ, 10 Dec. 2020 The species of replanted trees are Douglas fir, cedar, sugar pine and Western white pine. oregonlive, 16 Oct. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1846, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sugar pine was in 1846

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“Sugar pine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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