Pseudotsuga macrocarpa

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Species Name: Pseudotsuga macrocarpa
Common Name: Big-cone Spruce

An excellent, drought-tolerant tree for dry gardens and landscapes. Blue-green foliage. Seeds from large cones feed a variety of wildlife.

Plant Family: Pinaceae
Plant Type: Tree
Height by Width: 40-60' H x 20-30' W
Growth Habit: Pyramidal
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate:
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining, rocky
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Cones
Flower Color: Cones
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Southern South Coast Outer Ranges, Transverse Ranges, Penninsular Ranges
Natural Habitat: Fire-resistant slopes, mixed-evergreen forest. Elevation: 900-8,000'

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Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: Very similar in appearance to the Douglas Fir used so much for Christmas trees. A tall growing exceedingly handsome tree with spreading often drooping branches and rich green foliage. It is native to the mountains of Southern California where it grows in the most inaccessible places. Gallon cans, 75c."
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