Douglas Fir transplants grow rapidly, and can reach heights of over 200 feet during a lifespan which can surpass 1,000 years. Douglas Fir feature beautiful soft gray-green to blue-green needles, which carry a very pleasant aroma when cut or crushed, or even when just walking among mature specimens. Curiously, the Douglas Fir species is not a “true fir” in the scientific sense like Fraser Fir or Concolor Fir, etc. [hence pseudotsuga], but the common name was applied long ago and is unlikely to ever change.
Douglas Fir established themselves as one of the primary species of Christmas trees in the US early in the 20th century, and Douglas Fir transplants are still widely used for that purpose. Today Douglas Fir are almost universally planted in and harvested from tree farms for both timber and Christmas trees, almost never from the wild.
Once established, Douglas Fir transplants can survive groundfires due to their massive size at maturity, combined with their thick, nearly impregnable bark. This species is rather finicky about the soil in which it is planted, and prefers dark rich soils in somewhat wetter sites. Mature Douglas Fir are the largest conifer in North America, are very self sufficient, and provide excellent habitat for a wide variety of smaller animals.
These specific bare root evergreen transplants are available and shipping now [shipping info]. If you’d like to delay shipment, please specify that date in a follow up email after placing your order. However, shipping season for these specific evergreen trees ends around Thanksgiving week 2018 and resumes in Spring 2019. If you need evergreen trees shipped before or after these dates, please look at our various sizes and species of evergreen plug seedlings and evergreen plug transplants, which can be shipped at nearly any time of year.