(Aka Pseudotsuga menziesii)
The variety of Douglas-fir found on Savary Island is called the Coast Douglas-fir.
As the name suggests, it grows in the coastal regions stretching from central BC to central California. It is the second-tallest conifer in the world (after the Coast Redwood).
1. For a complete and detailed description of this tree, click here.
2. The common name, Douglas-fir— which honors David Douglas, a Scottish botanist — is misleading because the tree is not a true fir (i.e., not a member of the genus Abies). For this reason the name is often written as Douglas-fir.
The species name, menziesii, is from Archibald Menzies, who first discovered the tree for European taxonomy on Vancouver Island in 1791.
3. Douglas-fir usually live more than 500 years and sometimes more than 1,000 years. Research suggests that they can grow to a maximum height of 476 feet, at which point water supply fails.
(Source: OSU archive)
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