Pseudotsuga Menziesii, commonly known as Douglas fir, Douglas-fir and Oregon pine, is an evergreen conifer species native to western North America. One variety, the coast Douglas fir, grows along the Pacific Ocean from central British Columbia south to central California. A second variety, the Rocky Mountain Douglas fir, grows in the Rocky Mountains from British Columbia south to Mexico. The tree is dominant in western Washington and Oregon. It is extensively used for timber, worldwide.
This tree was lifted by myself in January 2017. I lifted this tree off the Wahanga dome on Mount Tarawera, at the 970-1000m mark. Where it would of been living with random snow fall, erosion and wild animals chewing on it. There’s a couple of higher trunks with shari on them where deer have been rubbing on it. The needles on this fir are remarkably small, myself and others initially mistook it for Spruce. I can only presume it is a result of living at high altitude in such adverse conditions. As you can see the tree is right now opening up all its Spring buds still with those gorgeous tiny needles.
The tree stands 1m high from current substrate to the top of the foliage, with the bulk of the foliage finishing back around 60-65cm. The trunk base above soil line is 7cm across. Quite an exceptional piece of New Zealand yamadori!