Douglas Fir Sapling Trees
Pseudotsuga menziesiiSapling Trees
- Large evergreen conifer.
- Good for tall screening on rocky ground.
- Sizes: Saplings only.
- Max. Height: 55m+
- Bareroot Delivery Only: Nov-Mar.
Pseudotsuga menziesii: Bareroot Sapling Douglas Fir Trees
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Douglas Fir trees, Pseudotsuga menziesii, are large and vigorous evergreen conifers. Mature trees in the open have a lush, attractive canopy.
For such a big tree, the Douglas Fir has a fairly compact canopy, with downward pointing lower branches that do a great job of blocking out sight from about 5 metres off the ground when they are mature. Older trees have very thick, corky bark with lovely sinuous ridges.
They are not suitable for a clipped hedge, and can be grown as a tall windbreak and screening tree up to about 55+ metres high.
Delivery season: Firs are delivered bareroot during late autumn and winter, approximately November-March inclusive.
- Use: Tall evergreen screening
- Bareroot delivery only: November-March
Growing Douglas Firs
They are great for poor soil, as long as the site is not too dry: British rainfall should be enough for them. As with any tree that grows in dry conditions, it still needs watering to establish.
Did You Know?
Also called Oregon Pine, it's an important species in the timber industry. It was recorded by Achibald Menzies in British Columbia in 1792. David Douglas brought it to Britain in the 1820's. The largest Douglas Firs on record are an awesome 90+ metres tall. Its former names are Pseudotsuga douglasii and Tsuga menziesii.
Notes on planting Douglas Fir:
Douglas Firs thrive on really poor, rocky or sandy soils, except for chalk, in areas where rainfall is high. The will grow on the coldest, most exposed sites, apart from the coast. They tolerate dry sites, but need help to establish. Young trees are shade tolerant, but your trees need to grow into full sun.
Prepare your site before planting:
It is good to dig over the area where you intend to plant several months in advance. Destroy the weeds first: nettles, brambles and ground elder are tough and a glyphosate based weed-killer is the best way to remove them. Then dig the soil over; remove rocks, roots and other rubbish. Mix in well rotted compost or manure down to the depth of about 2 spades.
If you have a heavy clay soil, it might be too difficult to dig over for most of the year. Heavy clay is fertile soil, so you don't really need to improve it; killing the weeds is still necessary.
Remember to water establishing plants during dry weather for at least a year after planting.
Prepare your site for planting by killing the weeds and grass with Neudorff WeedFree Plus.
These trees do not need protection from rabbits or deer and they will only need support from a bamboo cane if your site is extremely exposed & windy. Each 90cm tall bamboo can can be cut up to support 3 of these plants.
If your soil quality is poor, we recommend using mycorrhizal "friendly fungi" on the roots of new trees and shrubs.
You can also improve your soil with bonemeal organic fertiliser and Growmore.
After you plant your Douglas Fir trees, the most important thing to do is water them in dry weather. You will also need to weed around the plants. Both of these will be necessary for at least a year after planting.
Water thoroughly but not too often: let the soil get close to drying out before watering your plants again.
Like all evergreen plants, Douglas Fir is active and needs moisture in the ground throughout the year. This means that your establishing plants need to be watered in the winter when they are planted, if the weather is dry.
Special notes on caring for Douglas Fir:
Douglas Fir is a very tough plant that shouldn't need special attention once it has established. If pruning is necessary, it is best do it in winter. Always hire a tree surgeon to remove large branches.
Hygiene & Diseases:
Dead, damaged or diseased wood can be pruned off as soon as it appears.
Disinfect your pruning tools between every cut if there is any sign of disease.
Burn or dispose of any diseased material, do not compost it.