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QUICK FACTS

  • HPRWA SCORE -2
  • SYNONYMS
  • ELEVATION RANGE High
  • FAMILY Pinaceae
  • PLANT TYPE Large tree
  • WATER REQUIRMENTS Requires ample water and good drainage
  • SOIL REQUIRMENTS Loam
  • SUN EXPOSURE Full sun to Partial sun
  • SALT TOLERANCE None
  • DRAINAGE REQUIRED Requires good drainage
  • PROPAGATION METHODS Seeds

Abies religiosa
(oyamel, sacred fir)

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. It is illegal in some countries to fell this tree due to its endangered status.

Plant Uses

  • Shade
  • Cultural significance
  • Cut flower
  • Woodworking

Dangers

None