Douglas-Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii): Bundle of 25


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At a Glance: Large coniferous tree with thick, fluted bark.

Height: Up to 300 feet (90 meters).
Stems: Very thick bark with deep cracks when mature, helping the tree withstand forest fires.
Leaves: Needles 2-3 cm (0.8-1 in) long with pointed tips, 1 groove on upper surface, 2 white rows of stomata on lower surface, spirally arranged, flat scar on twig upon falling; buds sharp-pointed; color: yellowish green.
Flowers: Pollen cones reddish-brown, small.
Flowering Period: none.
Fruits: Young seed cones hanging, oval, 5-10 cm (2-4 in) long, green when young, turning reddish-brown to grey; scales papery; bracts prominently 3-forked, extend beyond scales.

Importance:  The importance of Douglas-Fir to the region cannot be understated.  It is a major component of forests throughout North America, and one of the world’s most valuable timber species.

Helpful Tips: Browsing damage caused by deer, elk, and rodents can result in significant damage to young seedlings and saplings, and may require appropriate protection. Plant 6 feet apart when establishing and expect some mortality. Remember, all plants need watering during the dry season the first couple years, until they are established. Douglas-fir is drought tolerant, once established and it grows well in full sun.

Ethnobotany: The wood and bark was used as fuel by most coastal groups. The wood was used to make spear handles, harpoon shafts, spoons, dip-net poles, harpoon barbs, fire tongs, salmon weirs, caskets and halibut and cod hooks. The pitch was used to sealjoints on implements such as harpoon heads, gaffs and fishhooks, and for caulking canoes and water vessels. The Nuxalk, Quinault and others used the pitchy heartwood for torches. Wood is used in many types of construction. Commonly used as a Christmas tree.
Pitch was used to make a medicinal salve for wounds and irritations. The bark of the young root is boiled by the Swinomish and babies are washed in it. The bud tips are picked by them and chewed for sore throats and mouth sores. The Comox prepared dogfish by stuffing it with rotten, powdered Douglas fir and placing it in a pit lined with the same material.

Sun/Shade Tolerance Hydrology Elevation Range
 full sun > 80%
 mostly sunny 60%-80%
 partial sun and shade 40%- 60%
 mostly shady 60%-80%
 full shade > 80%
 low elevation
 mid elevation
 high elevation


Soil Preferences
 sandy soils
 gravelly soils
 clay soils
 muddy soils
 peaty soils
 well drained soils
 shallow soils
 deep soils
 acidic soils
 basic soils
 humic soils
 nutrient rich soils
 nutrient poor soils
 mineral soils
 organic soils
Wildlife Value
 Nectar for hummingbirds
 Nectar for butterflies
 Host for insect larvae
 Thickets and shelter
 Thorny or protective cover
Birds: Birds that eat the seeds include grouse, crosbills, siskins, and many others. Chickadees, nuthatches, brown creepers, and woodpeckers find insects in the trunk, branches, and twigs. Cavity-nesting birds and other wildlife, including flying squirrels, nest and roost in cavities in mature trees.
Insects: Foliage is eaten by pine white butterfly larvae, silver-spotted tiger moth larvae, and numerous other moths.
Mammals: Squirrels and chipmunks eat the seeds. The foliage and twigs are browsed by beavers, porcupines, deer, and elk.


Pojar, Jim, and Andy MacKinnon. Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast: Washington, Oregon, British Columbia & Alaska. Revised ed. Redmond, Wash.: B.C. Ministry of Forests and Lone Pine Pub., 2004. Print.

“Sound Native Plants.” Sound Native Plants. Web. 31 Oct. 2014. <>.