Abies amabilis Douglas ex J.Forbes
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Abies amabilis, commonly known as Pacific silver fir, red silver fir, is a tree.
Abies amabilis was already described and the name validly published by David Douglas. It was James Forbes, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics in 1839 based on a prior description by David Douglas.
The trees are comparatively slow-growing and long-lived. They have a broadly columnar canopy and reach heights of 6 to 50 metres.
Wood and Bark
The bark is smooth and white.
Abies amabilis is evergreen. The mid-green, simple leaves are alternate. They are linear. The surface of the leaves is glabrous.
Flowers and Fruits
Abies amabilis produces yellow flowers from May to June.
The trees produce brown cones in summer.
The plants form tap roots.
Abies amabilis is native to Southeast Alaska, British Columbia, Washington and North California.
The trees prefer a shady situation on moist soil. The substrate should be sandy, gritty-sandy, loamy, sandy-loamy, gritty-loamy, clay, sandy clay or loamy clay soil. They tolerate temperatures down to -23Â°C (USDA zone 6).
Tolerance of special soil conditions
- medium: calcareous soil
Maintenance and Propagation
Pests and Diseases
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