Choose a fungicide labeled effective on botrytis and treat the fir tree according to label directions. It is a high altitude tree found at 1,000' to 5,000. altitude. This domain has expired. Needles come off the branch in a bottle brush shape. Noble Fir - Grand Fir - Fraser Fir - Douglas Fir - Nordman Fir. Decades of fire suppression have allowed grand fir to crowd the forests, posing fire risks and threatening the overall health of the land. The Nordmann fir is an European favorite Christmas tree. As the Tree Hunt approaches, here is a quick reminder of how to identify the grand fir from the Douglas fir, another common tree on the Metolius Preserve. As the disease spreads, it eventually stunts all new growth on the tree. This webpage was generated by the domain owner using Sedo Domain Parking. Disclaimer: Sedo maintains no relationship with third party advertisers. This needle blight disease causes stunted growth and yellowed or reddening needles. Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii)The Douglas Fir (commonly called Doug Fir) is the most abundant tree species in Oregon and the conifer with the greatest north-south range (from northern B.C. Needles turn dark, reddish-brown and die. Prune to improve air circulation and lessen humidity around the tree. Your gift will protect what you love and cherish in Central Oregon. Destroy infected plant material away from the yard. Cornell University Extension: Diplodia Tip Blight, University of California at Davis IPM: Pitch Canker -- Diplodia, University of California at Davis IPM: Needle Cast Fungi, Pacific Northwest Plant Disease Handbook: Fir, Douglas, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service: Symptoms of Phytophthora Ramorum, Washington State University at Puyallup: Phytophthora Ramorum, American Phytopathology Society: Botrytis Blight on Fraser Fir -- Photo. Phythopthora ramorum is not curable, but fungicides may be sprayed on the tree as preventives before the tree is infected. Fir trees planted too closely or in areas of poor drainage are most susceptible. Some species, such as Fraser fir, noble fir and grand fir, are classic Christmas tree firs. The scent of the grand fir is citrus like, thus adding to its popularity as a Christmas tree. Sanitize pruning tools between cuts and between trees to minimize the spread of spores. The symptoms are generally more noticeable on the lower branches. The Hesquiat tribes used its branches as incense and decorative clothing for wolf dancers. Needles are in a flat plane coming off the branch. Photo: Jay Mather. This marks our 14th year of the Deschutes Land Trust’s annual Tree Hunt. True firs, (Genus Abies) are so named to distinguish them from Douglas-firs and a number of other “pretenders”. This pathogen, which also causes sudden oak death, produces damage similar to botrytis blight. Fraser fir Christmas trees No fake scent needed with these trees. Fir trees often have dense, medium-to-dark green or blue-green needles.