Abies lasiocarpa (Alpine Fir)
Native: Mountain tops in Alaska, British Columbia and Alberta south to Washington and Oregon.
Location: Has never done well in cultivation but occasionally grown for ornament in northern parts of America and in collections elsewhere.
Foliage is waxy blue-green with shorter needles on upper branches and when crushed gives off a strong balsam smell.
Pollen and Seed Cones
Male cones shed pollen in April, females develop into mature cones.
Mature cones are dark purple ripening to brown. 15cm long, which break up in October.