Fir, Douglas

25 Pack for $6.00

12-18″ bare root seedlings, 2 years old (2-0)

Sold in packs of 25

Zone 4-6

Description

12-18″ bare root seedlings, 2 years old (2-0)

Sold in packs of 25

Medium growth rate; reaches a height of 40-70′ and 12-20′ spread at maturity.

Sun: Prefers full sun or partial shade. Does best with at least 4 hours of direct sunlight daily.

Soil:  Prefers neutral soil, well-drained, or acidic.

Valued for lumber and popular as a Christmas tree.  The short, soft needles don’t fall off as easily as some other species.

Wildlife: Small animals (birds, rabbits, squirrels, etc.) enjoy the seeds. If deer are a concern, take appropriate precautions when planting.  Deer will eat the softest leaves first.

Zone 4-6

While the Douglasfir may have first been introduced to cultivation by botanist-explorer David Douglas in 1826, its importance to American history continues unabated. As well as being the country’s top source of lumber today, the Douglasfir also helped settle the West, providing railroad ties and telephone/telegraph poles. The Douglasfir was crucial to American soldiers in World War II as well, being used for everything from GIs’ foot lockers to portable huts and even the rails of stretchers that carried many a soldier from battle. But perhaps one contribution of the Douglasfir symbolizes its place in America’s evolving history more than any other. When in 1925 the time came to restore the masts of “Old Ironsides,” the USS Constitution, sufficiently grand White Pine trees could no longer be found. Today, Old Ironsides proudly sails in the Boston Navy Yard under the power of three Douglasfir masts.