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SANTA LUCIA FIR
Abies bracteata

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Photo Locations: Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens - Claremont, CA, Stanford, CA, Regional Parks Botanic Garden, Tilden Regional Park - Berkeley, CA and Los Angeles County Arboretum - Arcadia, CA

General Notes

An attractive conifer for coastal and inland areas with loamy soil.

Has fragrant Bark and Leaf.

Native to Santa Lucia California.

An Abies bracteata in Los Padres NF is registered as a California Big Tree. It measures 127 feet high, with a trunk circumference of 150 inches and a crown spread of 36 feet.

Family: Pinaceae

Additional Common Names

SANTA LUCIA FIR, BRISTLECONE FIR

Tree Characteristics

Erect or Spreading and requires ample growing space.

Conical Shape.

Has Evergreen foliage.

Height: 70 - 80 feet.

Width: 15 - 20 feet.

Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.

Longevity Greater than 150 years.

Leaves Needle, Dark Green, No Change, Evergreen.

Flowers Inconspicuous. Flowers in Spring. Has separate male and female flowers on the same tree (monoecious).

Brown or Purple Cone, Very Large (Over 3.00 inches), fruiting in Winter or Summer.

Bark Dark Brown, Red Brown or Dark Gray, Fissured.

Shading Capacity Rated as Very Dense in Leaf.

Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 6 - 9 and 14 - 21.

USDA Hardiness Zones 7 - 8.

Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.

Moist Soil.

Loam or Sand Texture.

Highly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline Soil pH.

Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Branch Strength Rated as Medium.

Root Damage Potential Rated as Moderate.

None Known Health Hazard.

Biogenic Emissions considered Moderate.

Fire Resistance is Unfavorable.

Desirable Wildlife Plant.

Attracts Birds and Squirrels.

Not Deer Palatable.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Abies bracteata Tree Record." 1995-2017. Nov 23, 2017.
< http://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/abies-bracteata >

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