Has New Zealand missed the boat with the members of the Abies genus?
This paper focuses on the Abies species and provenance trials throughout New Zealand which were usually adjacent to provenance of Douglas fir, with Sitka spruce, western hemlock and other promising species nearby. It concentrates on the potential of two firs, Abies grandis and A. concolor. Both species have proved to be capable of high rates of volume growth in New Zealand conditions. These species enjoy exceptional foliage health, had good form, with straight stems, regular branching and few forks. The best provenance of A. grandis was from Mendocino county in California, USA. The provenance of A. concolor was seedlot from Eldorado National Forest in California.