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Tree of the Week - September 13, 2004

 

Douglas FirDouglas Fir

Pseudotsuga menziesii--Douglas Fir 

Hardiness Zones: 4 to 6 
Height: 75 ft
Spread: 20 ft
Form: pyramidal 
Type: narrow-leaved evergreen tree 
Annual Growth Rate: 12 to 18 inches 

Comments: A very cold hardy tree, Douglas Fir prefers a sunny location with a moist soil. The soft, bluish-green needles on a tall, narrow spire provide a dominant landscape feature. Douglas Fir's cones, hanging down from its branches, distinguish it from the true firs, which belong to the genus Abies and bear cones that point straight up from the branch. It plays host to an insect that also feeds on Colorado Spruce, and so should not be used with that species in the same landscape. Douglas Fir is one of the most popular Christmas trees, used for its softness, fullness and long-lasting needles.

Cultivars: 
'Fastigiata' - A cultivar with ascending branches. 
'Glauca Pendula' - A weeping tree with bluish foliage. 
'Graceful Grace' - A narrow plant with drooping branches and long, bluish needles. 
'Pendula' - A spreading, slow-growing, weeping tree. 

'Pendula' - Weeping Douglas Fir

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