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Abies bracteata (D. Don) D. Don ex Poit.
Synonym(s): Abies venusta
USDA Symbol: ABBR
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
The rarest of the firs, with narrow, conical, spirelike crown of short, slightly drooping branches. The entire natural range of this rare species is limited to a coastal strip about 60 miles (97 km) long within Los Padres National Forest.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Tree Leaf Retention: Evergreen Leaf Complexity: Simple Leaf Shape:
Linear Leaf Pubescence: Glabrous Breeding System:
, Monoecious Size Notes:
30 to 100 feet. Flower:
Cones are purplish-brown. Size Class:
36-72 ft. , 72-100 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow , Green
Bloom Time: Mar
Bloom Notes: Male catkins yellow.
DistributionUSA: CA Native Distribution:
Santa Lucia Mountains of S. California; at 2000-5000 (610-1524 m); locally at 600 (183 m). Native Habitat:
Steep, rocky slopes and canyons; in mixed evergreen
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
BenefitInteresting Foliage: yes
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds , Softwood Cuttings
Seed Treatment: Stratify seeds 3 to 4 months.
Maintenance: Pruning is not necessary.
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CA
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff