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Abies lowiana

Abies lowiana (Gordon & Glend.) A. Murray bis

California White Fir, Sierra White Fir, White Fir

Pinaceae (Pine family)

Synonym(s): Abies concolor var. lowiana


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Fruit Type: Cone
Size Notes: Up to about 200 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red , Green , Purple , Brown
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun
Bloom Notes: Pollen cones reddish, purple, or greenish. Seed cones olive-green, turning yellow-brown, then darker brown.


Native Habitat: Mixed coniferous forests.

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 3 - Flora of North America (2014) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Abies lowiana in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Abies lowiana in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Abies lowiana


Record Modified: 2020-12-03
Research By: CBR

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