Abies pinsapo Pinaceae
Spanish Fir, Spanish Pin Fir A-bez pin-SAH-po
- Conifer, evergreen, to 65 ft (20 m), broadly conical, branches in regular whorls, usually forming a symmetrical crown. Needles radially erect, stiff, thick, 8-15 mm long, very sharp-pointed. Twigs brownish-green, hairless. Cones cylindrical, erect, 10-15 cm long.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 7 Mountains of southern Spain, between 1000 and 1800 m.
- Several cultivars, including:
- Aurea - golden-yellow needles
- Glauca - bluish-green needles
- Clarke - dwarf
- Pendula - nodding branches
- A. p. subsp. marocana (Moroccan Fir) - has flatter, wider needles, and larger cones than typical Abies pinsapo.
- pinsapo: old Spanish word meaning pine-fir, pino(pine) and sapino (fir). Or possibly short for pinus saponis, soap-fir, since twigs crushed in water yield a kind of soap (Jacobson, 1996).
- Oregon State Univ. campus: east side Gleeson Hall.