Inventory as of Feb. 1, 2018: 2000 Seeds
Seed Specifications: Purity - 100%; Projected Germination Rate - 71%; Where Harvested (location) - California
The Shasta Red Fir is a large evergreen tree with a narrow conic crown. The bark on young trees is smooth, grey, and with resin blisters, becoming orange-red, rough and fissured on old trees. The leaves are needle-like, glaucous blue-green above and below. They are arranged spirally on the shoot, but twisted slightly s-shaped to be upcurved above the shoot. The cones are erect, yellow-green (occasionally purple), ripening brown and disintegrating to release the winged seeds in fall. The name Shasta Red Fir derives from the bark color of old trees. The Shasta Red Fir cones are large , cone bract scales longer, visible on the closed cone. The Shasta Red Fir is very closely related to Noble Fir, which replaces it further north in the Cascade Range. They are best distinguished by the leaves; Noble Fir leaves have a groove along the midrib on the upper side, while Red Fir does not show this. Red Fir also tends to have the leaves less closely packed, with the shoot bark visible between the leaves, whereas the shoot is largely hidden in Noble Fir. The Shasta Red Fir can reach heights between 60 and 200 feet. It is cold hardy to USDA zone 6.
Suggested Planting Instructions:
Scarfication: Soak in water for 48 hours, change water each day. Stratification: Cold stratify for 30 days, some seeds may germinate during stratification. Germination: Sow seed 3/8" deep, press seed into soil, cover seed, mulch the seed bed.