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Mingus Mtn
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Mingus Mtn
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Mingus Mtn
Plant Description

Origin: Native
General Description: Evergreen. Forms a perfect pyramid when young and growing in the open. Large fir with a silvery blue-green, narrow crown. Branches at crown are short, symmetrical and horizontal. Densely clothed with branches nearly to the ground. Trunk diameter 2 to 3 feet.
Height: 80 to 100 feet     Width: 20 to 30 feet


Plant Communities: Montane Conifer Forest, Riparian
Elevation: 5500 - 9000 feet

Similar Species: Abies grandis (grand fir)

Flower Characteristics

Color: Yellow, reddish or yellow-brown   Shape: Inconspicuous in clusters     Tubular: N   Flowering Period: May - Jun
Description: Males are yellow to reddish and catkin-like. Females are yellow-brown and inconspicuous.

Leaf Characteristics

Leaf Color: Silvery blue-green   Type: Needles   Shape: Other   Margin: Other   Attachment: Other   Hairs: N
Description: Needles are pale blue-green or silvery; spreading and curved upward; almost at right angles in 2 rows; flat, to 3 inches long.
Spines: N

Fruit Characteristics

Color: Yellow-green to purple   Type: Cone or cone-like   Description: 3 to 5 inches long; cylindrical; upright on topmost twigs; cone-scales finely hairy, with short, hidden bracts; paired, long-winged seeds. When cones mature in early fall, the scales drop off, leaving an upright spike-like central stalk.

Bark Characteristics

Bark Color: Gray   Bark Texture (Mature): Rough   Bark and Branch Description: Young trees have a smooth and light gray bark with broken blisters of resin or "balsam". Old trees have an ashy gray and deeply furrowed, thick bark.

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