Red fir

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A large fir tree with red bark, such as Abies magnifica, native to the western coast of North America. The heartwood in older trees is a yellowish brown. Red fir trees have been used for framing lumber and paper pulp.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Abies magnifica; golden fir; yellow fir; red barked fir; Shasta fir; California red fir; sapin rouge (Fr.)

Density 34 ppcf

Additional Information

H. A. Alden, A.C. Wiedenhoeft, "Qualified Determination of Provenance of Wood of the Firs (Abies spp. Mill) Using Microscopic Features of Rays: An Aid to Conservators, Curators and Art Historians" AIC Poster, reprinted online at

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 273-274
  • Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998

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