Congratulations on your new seedling! If you’ve found your way to this page, it’s likely because you saw us at a recent event where we were giving away seedlings from our information booth. Thanks for stopping by. Below you’ll find information about how to properly plant and care for your seedling.

image of a noble fir tree farm

Noble firs make excellent Christmas trees (if you’re into that). They’re beautifully symmetrical with stiff branches, ideal for hanging ornaments, bluish-green needles appear silver (festive!) and they keep for a long time after harvest.

Quick facts about noble fir trees:

  • Abies procera is the scientific name for noble fir.
  • At full size, noble firs reach heights of 140 to 200 feet with branches as wide as 30 feet and trunks as big as 5 feet around.
  • Noble fir trees grow quickly—2 to 3 feet per year.
  • Evergreen conifers believed to originate from the Cascade Range and Coast Range mountains of northwest California and western Oregon.

Caring for your noble fir seedling:

  • Noble fir trees are typically low maintenance and easy to grow.
  • You can plant your seedling in the ground or in a container (but because noble firs are fast growing, unless you plan to bonsai the tree, you’ll need to transfer it to the ground after a year or two).
  • Wherever you plant your seedling make sure it gets plenty of light, but not too much heat.
  • Water sparingly as noble fir trees are susceptible to root rot if their soil is kept too wet. Keep medium moist, but not wet.
  • Add amendment (e.g. shredded bark) to the soil when planting. This will improve the soil’s drainage, as well as provide a source of nutrients for your tree.
  • Nobel firs are hardy (up to zone 4), but if your tree is in an exposed location, or you live in a colder area, apply a thick mulch around the root area to protect your tree during the winter months.

 

Quick facts about Douglas-fir trees:

Douglas-fir trees

Pyramid shape and dense evergreen foliage make young Douglas-firs popular Christmas trees. Older trees are harvested for lumber or plywood. These native North American conifers are also great for large landscapes and forest planting.

  • Pseudotsuga menziesii is the scientific name for Douglas-fir (in B.C. we have coastal and interior species).
  • The name Douglas-fir comes from David Douglas, the Scottish botanist who introduced many of British Columbia’s native conifers to Europe.
  • Douglas-firs have a smooth, grey-brown bark that grows thick with age and develops deep grooves, with dark reddish-brown ridges.
  • Douglas-fir trees are fast growing and can reach anywhere from 100 to 300 feet tall, with a trunk that measures 3 to 4 feet across.

Caring for your Douglas-fir seedling:

  • Douglas-fir is one of the easiest trees to plant, and requires almost no care once established.
  • If you’re going to grow your tree for years and years to come, allow a minimum clearance of 20 to 30 feet from the house, fences, sidewalks, driveways, and other structures.
  • Dig a hole where you want to plant the Douglas-fir. Make the hole about 6 inches wider in diameter than the root ball or pot, and about 3 inches deeper.
  • Douglas-fir seedlings prefer partial shade, but larger trees want full sun and open space.
  • While Douglas-fir trees tolerate a wide variety of soil conditions, they do best in deep, moist, sandy loams and poorest on gravelly soils.
  • A good rule of thumb is to keep your Douglas-fir evenly moist, but not wet. Remember: Douglas-firs do not tolerate drought conditions.

 

Quick facts about western red cedar trees:

The western red cedar is British Columbia’s official tree! Wood from these evergreen trees is commonly used for siding, interior paneling, outdoor furniture, decking and fencing.

  • Thuja plicata is the scientific name for western red cedar (British Columbia’s official tree!)
  • Western red cedar makes up approximately 8% of British Columbia’s total growing stock, and is one of the most commercially valuable species.
  • These evergreen coniferous trees can grow as tall as 60 meters with a diameter of 2.5 meters.
  • Western red cedars rarely grown in pure stands and often mix with Douglas-fir, Sitka spruce, black cottonwood and red alder.

Caring for your western red cedar seedling:

  • Western red cedars thrive in a variety of conditions, but grow best in moist to wet soils, with lots of nutrients.
  • If you’re planting more than one western red cedar be sure to space the trees 20 to 30 feet apart.
  • Western red cedar prefer full sun (six or more hours of continuous light per day), but will tolerate partial shade.
  • Dig a hole where you want to plant your western red cedar. Make the hole about twice as wide as the root ball and at least as deep.
  • Center the western red cedar in the planting hole and fill with soil.
  • Water well and mulch with at least three inches of compost or pulverized bark to improve soil nutrients.