The Red Fir

The Red Fir tree, also known as Abies Magnifica, is a tree whose brown bark has a reddish light in the sun. It has teal-colored needles whose sizes range from three-quarters of an inch to an inch in length. The needles link directly to the twig. The cones are usually four to eight inches in length and brown.

The Red Fir tree is commonly found in the mountainous region, near the Canadian zone. This tree can grow up to a height of one hundred and seventy-five feet. 

There are a few differences between the Red Fir tree and the White Fir tree. In a fully mature White Fir tree, the bark of the tree is dark gray and brown. In a fully mature Red Fir tree, the bark of the tree is dark red, sometimes verging on purple. The young White Fir tree will have yellow-green bark that is smooth, and the young Red Fir tree will have a darker bark that is often furrier. Red Fir trees tend to have shorter needles that also tend to be darker and more teal. White Fir trees have flat needles, while Red Fir trees have needles that appear to have four sides. When the Red Fir tree has grown to a more mature age, its cones are larger than the cones of the White Fir tree. 

Red Fir trees are commonly found in areas of the US with a large water supply, such as California and Southern Oregon. When found in other locations, Red Fir trees tend to grow up to be smaller. Red Fir trees grow best in a cool or cold, moist climate. It was found that the Red Fir trees in California grew to be the tallest when the rain season was short. 

Red Fir is a multi-purpose, standard construction wood. They are also frequently used as Christmas trees, if good quality. One hundred and eleven bird types are currently found in Red Fir trees. Because they grow to such a great height, only a few reptiles have been found in Red Fir trees. 

In the Northern California range of the Red Fir tree, the Red Fir has created hybrids with the Noble Fir. As long as the Red Fir is the female parent, these two different types of firs can be cross-bred safely. If the Red Fir is the male parent, success in cross-breeding is reduced by seventy percent.