This week we are going to talk about Douglas Fir! This species was named after the person who first identified its family and variety in North America, the Scottish botanist David Douglas.
The Douglas Fir tree is easily spotted in the Pacific Northwest of the US and in some parts of Canada. The tree itself is categorized as a medium-size specimen. However, in some areas, the tree can grow up to an impressive size of 330 feet!
You might also recognize this species for its seasonal appearance at the end of the year. The Douglas Fir tree is one of the tree species used as Christmas Trees!
The construction industry loves Douglas Fir due to its relatively lightweight and strength and resistance.
Common names: Douglas fir, Douglas-for, Oregon Pine, Columbian Pine, Puget Sound Pine.
Scientific name: Pseudotsuga menziesii
Natural from North America, the highest density of Douglas Fir it is still in British Columbia, California, Oregon, and Washington.
Douglas fir lumber is named after David Douglas, the 19th-century botanist famous for identifying various Pacific NW plant species.
The Tacoma Dome roof was built using Douglas Fir lumber, and it is one of the most massive wood geodesic structures in the world. The wood came from the volcanic blowdown of Mount St. Helens.
Douglas Fir is a popular choice for Christmas trees.