Subalpine fir (Abies lasiocarpa)

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species native to Canada


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Latin (scientific) name: Abies lasiocarpa

Common English name: Subalpine fir

Other names:

French name: Sapin subalpin


A west coast species found at high elevation sites in BC and Yukon.

Other notes

Subalpine fir grows to treeline extent at northern and high elevation sites.

The Subalpine fir is the official arboreal emblem of Yukon.

Hardiness zone(s)

0a, 0b, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b

  • Zone 0
  • Zone 1
  • Zone 2
  • Zone 3
  • Zone 4
  • Zone 5
  • Zone 6
  • Zone 7
  • Zone 8
  • Zone 9

A hardiness zone is a geographically defined area where a given plant is capable of growing. Hardiness zones are based largely on climate, particularly minimum temperatures. Zone 0 covers the harshest areas in Canada for plant species. Higher numbers represent more temperate areas.

For more information on plant hardiness zones in Canada, visit Natural Resources Canada.


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