About This Plant

Abies forrestii, known as Forrest’s fir, is a species of evergreen tree native to southwestern China, particularly in Yunnan and Sichuan provinces. Named after plant collector George Forrest, it boasts a conical shape, dark green needles, and upright cones. Often used for ornamental purposes in gardens and arboreta, it’s also valued for its timber. These firs thrive at elevations of 2,400 to 3,800 meters (7,900 to 12,500 feet) in the mountainous regions of southwestern China.

The Story


The foliage of Forrest’s Fir showcases needle-like leaves that are arranged spirally along the branches. These dark green needles often measure around 1 to 1.5 inches in length. The needles emit a resinous fragrance when crushed, adding to the sensory experience. The overall aesthetic of Forrest’s Fir is characterised by its gracefully drooping branches.


The Abies forrestii produces small, cylindrical cones as its fruit. These cones typically range in size and shape, exhibiting a compact structure with a rounded base. The cones carry a variety of seeds within their protective scales.
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