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QUICK FACTS

  • HPRWA SCORE -2
  • SYNONYMS Guatemalan fir, abeto de Guatemala
  • ELEVATION RANGE Low|Mid
  • FAMILY Pinaceae
  • PLANT TYPE Large tree
  • WATER REQUIRMENTS Requires regular water
  • SOIL REQUIRMENTS Loam
  • SUN EXPOSURE Full sun to Partial sun
  • SALT TOLERANCE Unknown
  • DRAINAGE REQUIRED Requires good drainage
  • PROPAGATION METHODS Seeds

Abies guatemalensis
(Guatemalan fir, abeto de Guatemala)

This large evergreen tree is native to Central America. It flourished as the southernmost pine species until the 1940’s, but is now classified as “endangered” on the ICUN Red List of Threatened Species. Used for centuries dating back to the Mayans and then the Spanish, the wood is useful for roof shingles, lumber, charcoal, and firewood. Whole trees are sometimes used for Christmas trees.

Plant Uses

  • Privacy-screening plant
  • Windbreak
  • Shade
  • Woodworking

Dangers

None