Trees by Genus

Genus 'Abies'

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Abies alba
Abies amabilis
Abies bracteata
Abies cephalonica
Abies concolor
Abies concolor var. lowiana
Abies delavayi
Abies delavayi var. forrestii
Abies delavayi var. georgii
Abies firma
Abies grandis
Abies homolepis
Abies koreana
Abies lasiocarpa
Abies magnifica
Abies nordmanniana
Abies numidica
Abies procera
Abies veitchii

Abies bracteata (Santa Lucia Fir)

Abies bracteata

Also known as: Bristlecone Fir

Native: Canyons and rock mountain tops of the Santa Lucia Mountais, California at altitudes around 900m.

Location: Grown as an ornamental tree elsewhere, notably N. Italy.


Distinctive 5cm sharp pointed needles and chestnut brown pointed buds which look similar to the buds of beech trees.

Pollen and Seed Cones

Abies bracteata

Male cones are 2cm to 3cm long clustered on undersides of leaves, shedding pollen at the end of May. Female cones are solitary 2cm to 3cm long developing into unmistakable mature cones.

Mature Cones

Abies bracteata