- Species: Abies grandis,
- Family: Pinaceae
- Origin: West North America
- Common Name: Grand or Giant Fir.
- Mature Height: 60-100m.
The Grand or Giant Fir was introduced by
1830 from western North America. It belongs to the Pinaceae. It ranges
from the north of Vancouver Island to North California and in the
adjacent Cascade and Rockie mountains. Originally planted in County
Waterford in Ireland and at Lochanhead, Dumfries in 1835 and later at
Murthly Castle near Perth in 1852. There are three recorded trees from
Diana's Grove at Blair Atholl, and at Abercairney and Cultoquhey, all
Perthshire, dating from 1861.
Abies grandis is a fast growing, elegant conifer which is used as a
decorative tree as well as in commercial forestry. Its timber is not of
the highest quality and is used for boxes, crates and pallets. The
leaves are in flat two-ranked rows and the undersurface has two
conspicuous white stomatal rows. The leaves smell of orange..