Amabilis Fir Tree Information

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Amabilis Fir grows in the following 5 states and provinces:

Alaska, British Columbia, California, Oregon, Washington

Information about Amabilis Fir:

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The Abies Amabilis is commonly known as the Amabilis Fir, Cascades Fir, Lovely Fir, Pacific Silver Fir as well as Silver Fir.

The currently accepted scientific name for Pacific silver fir is Abies amabilis (Doug) ex. Loud. Pacific silver fir does not hybridize with its true fir associates. Some morphological intermediates of Pacific silver fir and subalpine fir (Abies lasiocarpa) have been reported , but these have proved not to be hybrids .

Pacific silver fir occurs from extreme southeastern Alaska south through western British Columbia, the Cascade Range of Washington and Oregon, to northwestern California . Pacific silver fir is also found in the Olympic Mountains of Washington .

Pacific silver fir commonly occurs in late seral or climax mixed-conifer stands . Throughout its range the most commonly associated conifer is western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla). Pacific silver fir also reportedly grows in extensive pure stands in parts of the southern Washington Cascade Range . Below are publications in which Pacific silver fir is listed as a dominant or codominant species: Preliminary plant associations of the southern Oregon Cascade Province Preliminary classification of forest communities in the central portion of the western Cascades in Oregon Forest communities of Mount Rainier National Park Plant association of Mount Hood and Willamette National Forests of Oregon Forest communities of northern California Plant associations for the western hemlock zone Preliminary classification systems for the vegetation of Alaska .

Some of the information provided here is attributed to:Cope, Amy B. 1992. Abies amabilis. In: Fire Effects Information System, [Online]. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory (Producer). , available at the USDA Fire Effects Information System (FEIS) website