Coast Douglas-fir is also known as Oregon pine, Douglas spruce, or its longer scientific name, Pseudotsuga menziesii var. menziesii. Say that three times fast. It can usually be found in the western part of North America, reaching from central California to west-central British Columbia.
Coast Douglas-fir average heights between 197-246 feet (60-75 meters) with a diameter between 4.9-6.6 feet. This makes them the second tallest conifer in the world and the third tallest tree. The Doerner Fir is the tallest living specimen at a whopping 327 feet and 4 inches tall. You can check it out in Coos County, Oregon at East Fork Brummit Creek.
It is common for the Coast Douglas-fir to be used in plywood, dimensional lumber, timbers, and pilings. In fact, pilings and decking treated with creosote are used for marine structures. Other uses include house logs, posts, flooring, furniture, railroad ties, and mine timbers. It can also be used in landscaping. Of course, probably the most common use comes once a year as a Christmas tree.
Pseudotsuga menziesii var. menziesii belongs to the species Pseudotsuga menziesii in the genus Pseudotsuga in the Pinaceae family of the Pinales order in the Pinopsida class as part of the Pinophyta division in the Plantae kingdom.