Grand Fir ID?

John Butt johnbutt at eagleut.com
Tue Jun 9 23:24:50 EST 1998


Look at the buds.  Doug fir sharp pointed and grand fir rounded.  bark differs. 

John

In article <357C2E43.2509 at livingston.net>, dstaples at livingston.net wrote:

>> ForestFair wrote:
>> > 
>> > A few years ago, I bought what was labelled "Douglas Fir" at an
arboretum plant
>> > sale, because it looked fuller than most of the Douglas firs I'd seen.
>> > 
>> > Now a forester friend tells me he thinks it's a Grand Fir, but being an
>> > easterner like me, he's not certain.  My detailed tree guides are all
Eastern
>> > editions.
>> > 
>> > Are there any distinguishing characteristics to look for?  It's wider
(almost
>> > an equilateral triangle) than most similarly-sized firs and spruces;
whether
>> > this is its natural form, or the result of a broken terminal a couple
of years
>> > ago, I don't know.
>> 
>> Hmm, good question, Fair Forestrix, Doug fir is  Pseudotsuga menziesii,
>> or was when I went to school, and has yellow green to blue green needles
>> approximately 3/4 to 1 1/4 inch long.  Grand Fir is 
>> Abies grandis (same disclaimer) with needles that are lustrous dark
>> yellow-green above, silvery (stomantiferous) below, and 1/2 to 2" long.  
>> 
>> Best I can do.
>> 
>> 
>> -- 
>> Don Staples
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>> 
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