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