The image shows the shoot and branch framework exaggerated by snow cover. Abies alba, the “European Silver Fir” sprinkled with snow appears to have a fishbone structure.
A strong growing conifer from the mountains of southern and central Europe. Preferring a cool moist climate and better suited to the west coast of Scotland. Having a relatively smooth grey bark and dark green needles with two parallel white strips of stomata on the underside. The cones are borne erect on the branches and disintegrate releasing the seed.
Often grown as a Christmas tree crop having the attributes of retaining needles once cut, good needle colour and pervasive resin scent. Those that live longer are felled for the construction industry and also processed for paper making. A timely reminder that the Twelfth day of Christmas is almost here and now is the time to take down the tree.
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