Thursday, May 18, 2006

The Douglas Fir



Did you know that a Douglas Fir is not a true fir? It’s in a separate group in the pine family. Douglas Fir grow in the western United States and Canada. The Douglas Fir is most valuable tree for lumber and more valuable than any other tree in North America.

A Douglas Fir is a large tree that grows from 180 to 250 feet tall and 8 feet thick. It lives up to 800 years. The Douglas Fir is the state tree in Oregon.

By Harmanpreet

10 Comments:

At 9:56 PM, Blogger MJay@EduSys said...

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At 9:58 PM, Blogger MJay@EduSys said...

Wow! I didn't know that a Douglas Fir isn't a true fir. Very interesting. What characteristics do you use to tell one tree from another or to determine what kind of tree you see? I'm guessing the the leaves (or needles) are important to identifying the tree. Maybe looking at how long or sharp they are. What other characteristics let you tell one tree from another? Are these the same characteristics scientists use to classify trees?

 
At 10:46 AM, Blogger jason said...

Dear Mjay,
I know how to tell the differences between a Cedar and a Douglas Fir. Its the bark you look at to tell the differents. The bark of the Douglas Fir is very thick.

 
At 10:56 AM, Blogger maddie said...

Do you know why its called Dougals Fir?

 
At 10:48 AM, Blogger Harman said...

The douglas fir is also oregon fir and is named after david douglas (1798 1834) Scottish botanist and traveler in America.

 
At 10:49 AM, Blogger maddie said...

That is cool!

 
At 3:15 PM, Blogger Annie said...

That is really cool that a Douglas fir isn't really a fir! How did it get its name?

 
At 3:13 PM, Blogger Erika said...

Did you know that the bark from the douglas fir tree protects it from fires.

 
At 7:52 PM, Blogger Mrs. Engle said...

Harman, it's fun to read your post and all the comments. I 've heard of the Douglas Fir for as long as I can remember, but I never knew it was named after a Scott! Thanks too Jason for explaining about the bark.

 
At 5:12 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Whoa!!!!!!!! Nice facts, as well as the picture!

 

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