name says it all; Pseudotsuga means "sort of a hemlock".
Douglas-fir is not a fir at all, and its cones, hanging from the branches,
are obviously different from the upright cones of the firs. But if
the Douglas-fir does not really have a family, it certainly has a
trees are arguably the largest in Canada. Historical records document
specimens which were probably over 120 meters (400 feet) tall, but
today, specimens over 90 meters are rare, a testament to the tree's
superiority as a provider of lumber.
The most accessible
large Douglas-firs are found in Cathedral Grove, Macmillan Provincial
Park, on Highway 4 to Port Alberni. Canada's
largest living thing is believed to be the Red Creek Fir, a giant
with a broken top that stands alone at the edge of a clearcut.
It can be reached via a gravel road from Port Renfrew, its 1,000
year life recognized only by a fading handmade sign.