Conifers: Pseudotsuga (Douglas Fir)

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Pseudotsuga menziesii

Douglas Fir is a magnificent native tree to the West Coast having an open pyramidal habit, with stiff straight branches when young. In age, branches take on skirt-like appearance. Produces many cones, 7.5-10cm long, which hang downwards (3-pointed bracts are visible from between the scales and look like tiny mice trying to hide in the cone!). P.S. It's big!

Pseudotsuga menziesii 'Graceful Grace'

Graceful Grace Douglas Fir is the best weeping Douglas Fir with an upright habit with graceful drooping branches. It has longer needles than the species, dark-green highlighted with a glaucous cast. Can be staked but will develop a more interesting form if left alone. Graceful Grace was cultivated in Pennsylvania, and named after the founders wife.

Pseudotsuga menziesii var. glauca

Blue Douglas Fir or Rocky Mountain Douglas Fir is a blue-green needled Douglas Fir. Slower growing , more compact and often shorter lived than its coastal relative.

Pseudotsuga menziesii 'Pendula'

The pendula cultivar of the Pseudotsuga is commonly known as the Weeping Douglas Fir. This Douglas Fir variety is an evergreen tree clad in drooping branches and bluish green needles. It has a strong central leader and a refined pyramidal form.