Other Common Names/Trade Names: None
Scientific Name: Pseudotsuga menziesii
Best Characteristics for Identification: Characteristic “plywood” odor. Scattered resin canals
Uses: Plywood, construction lumber.
General Natural Range: Two distinct populations. Coastal population extends from central British Columbia south to central California. The Rocky Mountain population extends from Central British Columbia south along the Rocky Mountains into central Mexico.
Identical or Nearly Identical Species: None
Other Species Easily Confused With: Western and eastern hemlock, true firs
Means of Distinguishing Similar Species: Douglas-fir has resin canals and a characteristic odor when wet whereas the hemlocks and true firs have neither.