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Tree Campus: Alpine/Sub-alpine Fir

Tree Campus SCC is a multi-year and interdisciplinary college initiative to document, map, and celebrate the incredible diversity of trees planted on the campus. With over 200 species, Shoreline Community College is an arboreal paradise that deserves to b

Alpine/Sub-alpine Fir

Abies lasiocarpa (PINACEAE)


S. Alaska to inland S.W. USA (PNW native)


"Subalpine fir is a forest pioneer on severe and disturbed sites. By providing cover, it assists in rehabilitating the landscape and protecting watersheds." [1]

Equity: Cultural and Historical Significance

"Native Americans used pitch and bark preparations for wounds and the wood, bark, and boughs for roof shingles, baskets and bedding. The pitch was also used to coat canoe seams and rubbed on bowstrings as a sealant and protectant." [1]


"The wood is white, soft, brittle, and quick to decay, used for rough construction and boxes, doors, frames, poles, and fuel. Small trees are extensively used for Christmas trees." [1]


Nessom, G. (2000, November 13). SUBALPINE FIR Plant Guide. Retrieved May 10, 2020, from

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