Douglas Fir

09/01/2013 | Ken Lain, mountain gardener Trees

douglasfirLatin Name: Pseudotsuga menziesii

Description: Douglas fir is not a true fir at all, but, instead, a close relative of the hemlock. The fir is often calls the Christmas tree of the evergreen family and distinguished by its compact, conical crown with sloping side branches. The species features needles of about 1.5 inches in length sticking out in all directions from its branches, and “shaggy” looking seed cones which are 3 to 4 inches long. The bark of young Douglas fir is smooth and gray. When the trees mature, the bark becomes dark, thick, and furrowed.

Size: Ht 60′ X 20′