Subalpine Fir (Abies lasiocarpa )

  • Needlebearing
  • Deciduous

Subalpine fir (Abies lasiocarpa) is found in the higher elevations of the western U.S. and Canada, often found at and immediately below the tree line of mountains. Abies lasiocarpa is a medium-sized fir with a narrow crown. It is a popular Christmas tree and is also used in paper manufacturing.

  • Alternate Common Name: Rocky Mountain fir
  • Average Height: Subalpine fir trees grow to an average height of 150 feet.
  • Average Width: Subalpine fir have a narrow crown.
  • Leaf Description: Needles have blunt ends and are often notched at the tip. They are blue-green with a single white band on the top and two beneath.
  • Bark Description: Smooth and grey, with resin blisters when young; bark becomes broken into large scales with age
  • Twig Description: Subalpine fir twigs are stiff and orange brown.
  • Needle or Broadleaf: Needle bearing

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