The Douglas fir grows naturally in western North America from Canada to Mexico. It is very adaptable and grows quickly. As it also produces good quality wood, it has been increasingly grown in Germany since 1950. Fragrant and soft, you can recognize the Douglas fir by its soft needles, which give off a fruity citrus fragrance when rubbed. In young trees, the branches are remarkably flexible and the bark is grayish green and smooth. With age, the tree develops a rough cork-like bark.
Hello, I’m a Douglas fir. I come from North America. I have soft, flexible needles and branches. And I smell good. Rub some of my needles between your fingers and sniff them! My reddish wood is often used as construction and furniture wood. I am very adaptable and grow particularly quickly. The tallest tree in Germany, at 66 meters (216 feet), is also a Douglas fir. This makes me very interesting for the forestry industry.
You can also recognize me by the shape of my cones. They have long, three-pointed bracts that protrude above each scale. Pine tree cones are rather rounded and the spruce cone is elongated, like a small carrot.
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