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The Abies grandis is a stately (100-230 feet), straight, evergreen tree can be identified by its flat, shiny, dark-green needles; its green to yellow-green or greenish-purple cones; and its bark, which is grayish with light-colored mottling. Needles are 1-1½ inches long, have two white lines on their undersides, and look like they are on opposite sides of each branch. Cones are cylindrical, two to four inches long, held upright, and are found only on higher branches, where they remain through autumn as they gradually fall apart. The foliage has an attractive citrus like scent.
Dry to moist coniferous or mixed forests, from dry mountain slopes to river valleys. Prefers deep, well-drained, alluvial soils. Full sun to partial shade: although seedlings are shade-tolerant, older trees require full sun.
Provides cover and nesting sites for wildlife. Seeds are eaten by numerous birds and small mammals. Resin can be used on insect bites and cuts to prevent infection. The soft white wood is a valued source of pulpwood.