Subalpine Fir (Abies lasiocarpa)

[ Trees > Conifers > Firs . . . ]      Forest Type: Subalpine Spruce/Fir


Needles more or less flat, shorter than 2 inches; bark gray, fairly smooth; at high elevations in the western mountains.

by Michael Kuo

Habitat: At high elevations in the west; typically in cool, wet soil; usually in mixed woods--often with Engelmann spruce, lodgepole pine, or quaking aspen.

Stature: 60-100 feet high; to 2 feet in diameter; narrowly pyramid-shaped; branches dense, short and thick.

Needles: Under 2 inches long; dark blue-green; flat; often twisting at the base; crowded.

Bark: Thin; smooth (except for resin blisters); gray.

Cones: 2-4 inches; scales longer than they are wide.

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Abies lasiocarpa

Abies lasiocarpa

Abies lasiocarpa

Abies lasiocarpa

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