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Pseudotsuga menziesii var. menziesii

Coast Douglas Fir

A giant conifer, and the largest species in the family Pinaceae, that can reach over 90 m (295 ft.) tall with a trunk to over 4 m (13 ft.) in diameter and a tall, narrow to conical crown. The dense leaves are short, needle-like and green. Pseudotsuga menziesii var. menziesii is found as a major component of forests mostly on fertile, slightly acidic soils along the pacific coast from central British Columbia in Canada south to central California. While it reaches an altitude of 760 m at the northern end of its range, it is found up to 2300 m (7500 ft.) in the Sierra in California. It is a popular, fast growing ornamental in many parts of the world, but also one of the world's most important timber trees and also makes a great Christmas tree. Suitable for USDA plant hardiness zones 5 to 7. Seeds require cold stratification for at least a month after soaking and sowing.

 
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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms
by Robert Lee Riffle, Paul Craft, Scott Zona

2nd edition
Completely revised and updated

Hardcover - 528 pages
11 x 8.5 inches


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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is the definitive account of all palms that can be grown for ornamental and economic use. Palms are often underutilized as a result of their unfamiliarity—even to tropical gardeners. To help introduce these valuable plants to a new audience, the authors have exhaustively documented every genus in the palm family.
825 species are described in detail, including cold hardiness, water needs, height, and any special requirements. Generously illustrated with more than 900 photos, including photos of several palm species that have never before appeared in a general encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is as valuable as an identification guide as it is a practical handbook. Interesting snippets of history, ethnobotany, and biology inform the text and make this a lively catalog of these remarkable plants.


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