Large, to 70 meters tall (sometimes 80-90 meters); crown of young trees pyramidal with a stiffly erect leader; branches spreading to drooping; buds sharply pointed; bark ultimately very thick, fluted, ridged, rough and dark brown.
Leaves: needles flat, yellowish-green. 2-3 cm long, with pointed tips, 1 groove on upper surface and 2 white bands of stomata on lower surface, spirally arranged, leave small, flat scar on twig upon falling; buds sharp pointed.
Cones: Pollen cones small, reddish-brown; young seed cones hanging, oval, 5-10 cm long, green at flowering, turning reddish-brown to grey; scales papery; bracts prominently 3 forked, extend beyond scales.
Cochise County, Arizona, US
Douglas Fir with a bees nest down at Mud Bay. Surrounded by madronas, alders, cedars, and hemlocks. Misc. foilage including ferns, various mosses, salal, blackberries, etc.
Near the Western Chehalis Trail, needles have two white lines along the underside, the cones have distinct trifid bracts. Quite a few cones on the trees, the tree is on a small suburban road near homes.
These trees were near the Skyline Restaurant (Bob's Peak). One of the tracks starts there which goes up to Ben Lomond.
Pseudotsuga /ˌsjuːdoʊˈtsuːɡə/ is a genus of evergreen coniferous trees in the family Pinaceae. Common names include Douglas fir, Douglas-fir, Douglas tree, and Oregon pine. Pseudotsuga menziesii is widespread in western North America and is an important source of timber. The number of species has long been debated, but two in western North America and two to four in eastern Asia are commonly acknowledged. Nineteenth-century botanists had problems in classifying Douglas-firs, due to the species' similarity to...