California Douglas Fir Forest Plant Community
40-60 inches of precipitation
Nuthatches and warblers every where, Tree squirrels and
chipmunks, Stellar jays, etc..
Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii), Tanbark
oak (Lithocarpus densiflora), Madrone (Arbutus
Chinquapin (Castonopsis chrysophylla), Sugar Pine (Pinus
Soil and climate notes:
Acidic sand or granitic soils. These are the areas that to
grow a veggie garden you must pour the fertilizer and compost in at
levels greater than the soil. If there's enough air flow and sun the
coastal sage scrub species will do fine along with most of the yellow
pine associated species.
A lot of cool plants grow in a Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga
menziesii) Forest. The climate is much like the temperate
forests of the world, and the plants tolerate regular water that the
homeowners insist on using. The winters are rather mild, rarely below
25F, with snow in the colder areas to insulate and protect the plants,
and summers regularly get into the 80's.
If you decide to build a Douglas Fir Forest in your garden
find a good source of mulch, (shredded redwood or fir bark), put in a
low volume overhead sprinkler system. The soil should be slightly acid
and raw, please no soil amendments. (The mulch goes on top.) Plant the
garden with as many Douglas Fir Forest plant community species as you
can find, and one to three Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga
menziesii) trees. Water well at first and then water once per
week in the summer, with spritzes when it's hot and the rest of the
year if it's not raining. The soil should be moist, but not wet and
allowed to dry only in fall. I dropped my digital camera and it
partially broke the week before we made this trip into the Sierras. The
resulting surreal photo gives a feel for the understory plants in a
Douglas Fir Forest.
Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) Forest plant community brings
to mind dripping needles and tall dark canyons of road way. Most of our
pictures are up towards the sky, because it is too dark under the trees
to get a good image. Rainfall is high, (25-65 inches) where the Douglas
fir lives, only exceeded by the areas where the redwoods grow.
list of California native plants that grow in the Douglas Fir Forest