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Abies lasiocarpa

Fir, Subalpine or Alpine

Pinaceae - Pine

Description

Leaves: Needles borne singly; 1" to 1-1/2" long; flattened in cross-section; evergreen; bluish-green.

Twigs/buds: Twigs similar to white fir.  Buds orange-brown.

Flowers/fruit: Monoecious.  Fruit a cone; 2" to 4" long; oblong; green to purple; borne upright on upper branches; scales deciduous.

Bark: Thin; smooth; gray; with resinous blisters; becoming shallowly furrowed on older trunks.

Wood: Moderate importance; similar to white fir.

General: Native to fairly high elevation, cool, moist sites from the southern Rockies to northwestern Canada, including Utah.  Many native trees in Utah are dying due to insects, disease, drought, and old-age.  Shade tolerant.

Landscape Use: Very narrow, spire-like canopy, often with many leaders.  Seldom, if ever, planted in Utah's valleys and does not do well with heat or dry conditions.  Native trees are sensitive to construction damage when present on building sites.  Zones 1-5.

Cultivars: 'Compacta', 'Glauca', 'Glauca Compacta', .

Characteristics

General

Family:
Pinaceae - Pine
Cultivar Availability:
No
Hardiness Zone:
1-5
Type:
Conifer
Utah Native:
Yes

Growth

Growth Rate:
Low
Mature Height:
High
Longevity:
High
Is Good Under Power Lines:
No
Crown Shape:
Pyramidal

Ornamental

Bark:
No
Fall Color:
No
Flowers:
No
Foliage:
Yes
Fruit:
No

Tolerence

Shade:
High
Salt:
Medium
Drought:
Low
Poor Drainage:
Low
Alkalinity:
Medium
Transplanting:
Medium