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Pseudotsuga menziesii
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: British Columbia to California, east to Alberta and Colorado

Habitat: Moist to dry areas from sea level to mid-elevations in the mountains, occasionally to timberline

Cones: April - May

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Giant forest trees up to 90 m. tall, with drooping branches and erect leader.


Bark dark brown, rough, ultimately very thick; branchlets pubescent for several years.


Needles 2-3 cm. long, yellow-green to bluish-green, retained 7-10 years; two white stripes on the underside of the needles, none above.


Staminate cones sessile, 6-10 mm. long, yellow to reddish; ovulate cones ovoid, deciduous as a unit, 4-10 cm. long, pendent, yellowish- to purplish-green when young, becoming reddish-brown, soon deciduous; the bracts long-exerted, 4-7 mm. broad across the 3-lobed tip, the middle lobe much the longest.

Accepted Name:
Pseudotsuga menziesii (Mirbel) Franco

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var. menziesii    Washington and Oregon, coastal east to Nevada
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Pseudotsuga menziesii in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Pseudotsuga menziesii checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Pseudotsuga menziesii atlas page.

CalPhotos: Pseudotsuga menziesii photos.

USDA Plants: Pseudotsuga menziesii information.

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