Douglas Fir (Blue) - 4" Plantable Peat Pot
If you live in zones four to eight and are looking for a long-living evergreen tree that needs minimal attention, then consider the blue Douglas fir tree. This tree can live up to 800 years. It prefers to be planted where it is blocked from cold winter winds. While it prefers slightly acidic soil, it will tolerate almost any soil conditions as long as the ground drains well. This tree often stretches between 30 and 50 feet tall, but examples that get a lot taller are relatively common.
The Blue Douglas Fir Trees Live Up To 800 Years!
There is a reason that over 50 percent of the live Christmas trees are blue Douglas fir tree. This tree has a naturally beautiful shape getting smaller as the tree raises into the air. The wood on a young blue Douglas fir is light gray. As the tree ages, the bark becomes thicker and darker in color. The top branches have a slight upward bend while the bottom branches droop slightly towards the ground. This tree's trunk can grow to be over five inches in diameter, but three inches is much more common.
You will not have to worry about someone brushing up against the blue Douglas fir tree because it has dull needles. The needles that grow up to one inch long appear to spiral around the stems. They have a bluish-green tint to them and point slightly upward away from the stem.
Each tree also produces small conelets. These conelets usually appear in the early spring. One year, the tree will produce male conelets. Then, the next year, the tree will produce female conelets that are attached to the male conelets. Both the male and female conelets are reddish-brown.
This hardy tree that can survive on as little as 16 inches of rain also produces pine cones that are about three inches long. The cone consists of a series of scales. Under each of the scales is a rounded bract. These pine cones usually have a full appearance.