Douglas Fir

Pseudotsuga menziesii

Douglas Fir is not a native species, but is commonly planted in yards. It is also not a true fir tree because the cones do not grow above the branch but hang below it. In its native range in the American West, it can grow to 250' tall and is one of the most important timber trees. This specimen was found in the botanical garden at Bridgewater State College in Bridgewater, MA.
Similar to fir needles, flattened with whitened undersides, but slightly thinner and softer. Needles are 1 1/2" to 2" (4.25-5cm) long.
Cones are distinctive with bracts protruding from between cone scales. These bracts have the appearance of mouse tails or snake tongues.
Bark is dark and very thick with deep furrows.

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