Douglas Fir by Paul L. McClure
In 1824, British botanist David Douglas was sent to the west coast of North America as a plant collcctor for the British Royal Horticultural Society. Among the native plants and trees he brought back to England was the fir which now bears his name.
Douglas fir grows across the western U.S. and Canada and is one of the most important American commercial timbers. It's not a true fir but a member of the pine family. It can attain a height of over 200 ft. and can rcach a diameter of 10 ft. The largest trees may be 1,000 years old.
Douglas fir's heartwood is a reddish tan and is sharply demarcated from the narrow band of white sapwood. The wood's clearly delineated grain pattern alternates between light-colored early-wood and darker bands of latcwood. The carlywood is soft and finc-tcxturcd,
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