Known as “one of the noblest forest trees,” this tree makes up nearly half of all Christmas trees grown in the US.
It’s status as a popular Christmas tree is thanks to is lush, even shape and soft needles which don’t easily fall—characteristics that also make it a popular feature in yards and parks like Central Park. The douglas fir’s branches also provide excellent cover and habitat for a wide range of animals, and its seeds serve as food for songbirds, squirrels, rabbits and other small animals.
LeavesSpiral, simple, roughly 1.5 inches in length
FruitWoody seed cones with a distinct three-pointed bract
FlowerIndividual trees produce both male flowers and female flowers
BarkDeeply furrowed, gray to brown in color