Douglas Fir

Genus Pseudotsuga
Pine Family (Pinaceae)

Douglas Fir tree

Douglas Fir
(Pseudotsuga menziesii)

This is one of our most important timber trees, although they do not grow nearly as tall here as they do in the Pacific northwest.

Douglas fir needles are flat and blunt-tipped, much like the needles of a true fir tree. The cones have 3-pointed bracts protruding from each scale. The cones can usually be found lying around on the ground under the trees, whereas the cones of a true fir remain on the tree until they disintegrate.

Needles and cone of a Douglas fir

Road from Highway 72
to Cathedral Valley
Sevier County, Utah


by Sandra Bray