Abies lasiocarpa (Hook.) Nutt.
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Abies lasiocarpa, commonly known as subalpine fir, Alpine fir, is a tree.
Abies lasiocarpa was already described and the name validly published by William Jackson Hooker. It was Thomas Nuttall, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics in 1849.
The trees have a flame shaped canopy and reach heights of 8 to 10 metres.
Wood and Bark
Abies lasiocarpa is evergreen. The mid-green, simple leaves are alternate. They are linear.
Flowers and Fruits
Abies lasiocarpa flowers in May. The plants are dioecious, pollination takes places by allogamy through the wind.
The trees carry brown cones.
Abies lasiocarpa is native to Alaska, western Canada, the Northwest of the US, the Southwest of the US and the Rocky Mountains.
The trees prefer a sunny to shady situation on moist soil. The substrate should be sandy-loamy or gritty-loamy soil. They tolerate temperatures down to -35Â°C (USDA zone 4).
Tolerance of special soil conditions
- medium: calcareous soil
Maintenance and Propagation
Pests and Diseases
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