Arboretum
"A man does not plant a tree for himself, he plants it for posterity." - Alexander Smith   
Douglas-Fir
(Pseudotsuga menziesii (Mirb.) Franco)

Donated by Tom and Karen Walsh
Tree Map Location: # 240
In Memory of Albert and Frances Pelate

Douglas-Fir tree Douglas-Fir fruit Douglas-Fir leaf


Leaf: Needles are dark green or blue green, 1 to 1 1/2 inches long, soft to the touch and radiate out in all directions from the branch.  
Fruit: Young cones are small, oval shaped and hang downward. They are reddish-brown to gray, 3" long.  
Twig: The bark is very thick, fluted, ridged, rough and dark brown.  
Bark: Bark is very thick, fluted, ridged, rough and dark brown.  
Form: 70 to 250 feet tall. Branches are spreading to drooping.  
Interesting Facts: Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) is not a true fir at all, nor a pine or spruce. It is a distinct species named after Archibald Menzies, a Scottish physician and naturalist who first discovered the tree on Vancouver Island in 1791, and David Douglas, the Scottish botanist who later identified the tree in the Pacific Northwest in 1826. The species is known by a number of common names including Oregon Pine, British Columbian Pine, Red Fir and even Douglastree; however, the U.S. Forest Service settled on Douglas Fir some years ago. Douglas Fir is North America's most plentiful softwood species, accounting for one fifth of the continent's total softwood reserves.  
Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas-fir

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