Description: The only true fir in the Canadian Rockies (the Douglas-fir is not a true fir), it is distinguished by its very conical silhouette, and its smooth bark covered with resin blisters. Found only at high altitude, it can attain heights of 19-30 metres. Diametres can reach 75 cm, but generally range around 30-50 cm. Rolling a needle between your fingers offers an easy way to distinguish fir from spruce needles. Fir needles are flat, while spruce needles are square and roll easily. When traveling through a stand of alpine fir, watch yourself as the resin has a tendency to coat everything it touches.
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