This evergreen tree is grown in parks and estate woodland, and occasionally reproduces from self-sown seed. Generally lowland, but reaching 420 m near Esgair Hir (Cards.).
Introduced to Britain in 1830, this species is particularly favoured in Scotland where magnificent specimens contribute in the backdrop to Scottish Baronial architecture. Although less vigorous than A. alba and A. grandis, it is a very robust tree which continues to be planted widely. It was not formally recorded from the wild, however, until 1959. Varieties with glaucous-blue foliage are often selected for cultivation. It is inconsistently recorded.
Native in western N. America; a rare tree in its native range.
PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.
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