This fine tree is pronounced perfectly hardy, even after the two severest winters we have experienced. Mr. H. W. Sargent, of Wodenethe, on the North River, so pronounces it. As yet, we have few specimens in this section of country of much size to refer to, but large numbers have been planted, and it will interest all to have Mr. Nuttall's account of the tree, from the North American Sylva, and it is appended: -

"This majestic Pine (according to Mr. Douglas, its discoverer) covers large districts about one hundred miles from the borders of the Pacific, in latitude 43° north, and continues to the south as far as 40°. It attained its greatest magnitude in a sandy soil apparently incapable of supporting any vegetation. The trees did not form dense forests, but were scattered singly over the plains.

" This stately species attains a height of one hundred and fifty to two hundred feet, and varies in circumference from twenty to sixty feet. A specimen overturned by the winds was in length two hundred and fifteen feet; its circumference at three feet from the ground was fifty-seven feet nine inches, and at one hundred and thirty-four feet from the ground, seventeen feet five inches. The trunk presents an erect shaft devoid of branches, of from one hundred to one hundred and seventy feet elevation, covered with a very smooth light-brown bark. The pendulous branches form an open pyramidal head like that of a fir-tree. The leaves are between four and five inches long, and grow together, like the strobus, in clusters of five, with similar 6hort, deciduous sheaths; they are rigid, of a bright green color, but not shining, with the margin slightly scabrous to the touch. The cones hang pendulous from the ends of the branches, and are two years in acquiring their full growth; they are at first erect, and do not droop until the second year. When ripe, they are about eleven inches in circumference at the thickest part, and vary from twelve to sixteen inches in length! The scales are loosely imbricated, dilated, and round above, and perfectly destitute of armature.

The seeds are eight lines long, and four broad, oval, and, like those of the Stone Pine, the kernels are sweet and pleasant to the taste; the wing is about twice the length of the seed, and the seed leaves are from twelve to thirteen. The whole tree produces an abundance of pure, amber-colored resin, which, when it exudes from the trees which are partly burnt, by some chemical change loses its flavor, and acquires a sweet taste, in which state it is used by the natives as sugar to flavor their food. The seeds (like those of the Cembra in Siberia) are eaten roasted, or pounded into coarse cakes for winter food. Timber, white, soft, and light. It is allied to P. strobus, from which, however, it is entirely distinct, bat almost equally hardy in cultivation".

* See Frontispiece, the cone reduocd in size.