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Characteristics: Tall tree to 70-80m, 2m dia trunk
Seeds per packets: Approx 5
Large evergreen tree up to 70-80 m and with a 2-metre diameter trunk with a narrow conic crown.
Young trees have a smooth and grey bark turning reddish-brown and rough with rough and fissured as the trees mature.
Needle-like glaucous blue-green foliage 1–3.5 cm long with a blunted tip. Erect cones green-tinged with reddish-purple when young, ripening to light grey-brown with orange bracts 11–22 cm tall.
Closely related to Abies magnifica (Red Fir).
Occurs naturally in Western USA in northwest California, Oregon and Washington (Cascade Range and parts of the Coast range).
Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-22°C
Germinates readily without pre-treatment but will generally give improved rates with cold stratification.
Cold stratification is recommended.
Cold treatment may not be critical for germination to occur in colder regions but should give increased germination rates in warmer climates.
This can be replicated by cold stratification in the refrigerator for 14-28 days. Alternatively over wintering in the garden in cold climates will assist germination.
General note: Seeds of many species are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.
We now stock a range of Propagation Accessories including the popular Aquamiser Propagation Kits, Pots, Native and Forestry Tubes, Trays, Labels and more.
We can only ship these items to Australian locations, international customers please request shipping quotation prior to purchasing.