Abies bracteata (D. Don) D. Don ex Poit.
Pinaceae (Pine Family)
Synonym(s): Abies venusta
USDA Symbol: ABBR
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.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Linear
Leaf Pubescence: Glabrous
Breeding System: Flowers Unisexual , Monoecious
Size Notes: 30 to 100 feet.
Fruit: 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.
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 forests.
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 DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
BibliographyBibref 698 - Native Plants for Use in the California Landscape (1978) Labadie, E. L.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Abies bracteata in USDA Plants
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff