Pseudotsuga macrocarpa (Vasey) Mayr
Big-cone douglas-fir, Big-cone spruce, Bigcone Douglas-fir
Pinaceae (Pine Family)
USDA Symbol: psma
Big-cone douglas-fir is a 40-60 ft., pyramidal evergreen with a 20-30 ft. width. The lower branches are elongated and with slender, often pendulous, branchlets. The flat needles are a very dark blue-green. Evergreen tree with open, broad, conical crown of long, spreading branches.
Bigcone Douglas-fir is native only in the mountains of southern California, mostly within national forests, and beyond the range of Douglas-fir. This species is distinguishable from its relative by its much larger cones (referred to in both common and scientific names) and by its sharp-pointed, bluish needles. The trees recover from fire damage and injuries by sprouting vigorously from trunks and branches.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Size Class: 36-72 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr
Native Distribution: Mts. of s. CA
Native Habitat: Dry slopes & canyons from 2000-6000 ft.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: None
Soil Description: Dry, rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: Drought-tolerant.
PropagationDescription: Propagate by seed or cuttings. Propagation of this species an be difficult.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Seeds may or may not need a 1 month pretreatment depending on seed source.
Commercially Avail: yes
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
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Pseudotsuga macrocarpa in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Pseudotsuga macrocarpa in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff