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Subalpine Fir Tree Seeds - 20 Count


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Subalpine Fir Tree Seeds
Abies lasiocarpa
Subalpine Fir, Alpine Fir, Balsam Fir, White Fir, Mountain Balsam Fir, Sapin Concolore

Description: The most widespread western true fir, with dense, long-pointed, spirelike crown and rows of horizontal branches reaching nearly to base; shrubby at timberline. Medium-sized tree coniferous evergreen, smallest of the eight species of fir native to western United States. Crown very narrow, conic. Branches dense, horizontal. Bark smooth, gray, with resin blisters, rough and fissured or scaly on old trees. Needles flat, 1.5 -3 cm. long, glaucous green above with a broad stripe, arranged spirally on the shoot, bases twisted arranged to the sides of shoot, few or none below the shoot. Cones erect, 6-12 cm. long, dark blackish-purple, ripening to brown, disintegrating to release the winged seeds.
Height : 50-100' (15-30 m).
Diameter : 1-2 1/2' (0.3-0.8 m).
Needles : Evergreen; spreading almost at right angles in 2 rows; crowded and curved upward on upper twigs; 1-1 3/4" (2.5-4.5 cm) long. Flat; dark green, with whitish lines on both surfaces.
Bark : Gray, smooth, with resin blisters, becoming fissured and scaly.
Twigs : Gray, stout, with rust-colored hairs.
Cones : 2 1/4-4" (6-10 cm) long; cylindrical, upright on topmost twigs, dark purple; cone-scales finely hairy with short, hidden bracts; paired, long-winged seeds.
Habitat: Subalpine zone of high mountains to timberline; forming spruce-fir forest with Engelmann Spruce, and with other conifers.
Range: Central Yukon and SE. Alaska southeast to S. New Mexico; at 8000-12,000' (2438-3658 m) in south; to sea level in north.
Discussion: The spires of Subalpine Fir add beauty to the Rocky Mountain peaks. When weighted down to the ground with snow, the lowest branches sometimes take root, forming new shoots. The bark of this and related firs is browsed by deer, elk, bighorn sheep, and moose; the leaves are eaten by grouse, and the seeds are consumed by songbirds and mammals. The scientific name, meaning "hairy-fruited," refers to the cones. Corkbark Fir (var. arizonica (Merriam) Lemm.), a variety from Arizona to Colorado, has thin, whitish, corky bark. Some authorities consider the variety lasiocarpa ((Hook.) Nutt.) as a separate species, A. bifolia.

  • Model: FIR-SUBALPINE-20
  • Shipping Weight: 0.1lbs
  • 2385 Units in Stock
  • Manufactured by: Longfield Farm

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This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 17 November, 2015.

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