The word ‘tree´simply doesn’t describe a ponderosa pine. It doesn’t even come close. In fact, to use the word “tree” for a creature like this is insulting. This English language has some work to do.
Star Constellations of Pine in the Similkameen Valley
There’s no point having a language that can’t describe the world. “Tree” comes from the hardness, dryness and durability of lumber. Considering an ancestor like the tree above, a fellow traveller on this starship, as lumber is just not acceptable. What we do to trees we do to ourselves. That’s how close our relationship is. This is not a metaphor.