Pseudotsuga menziesii var. menziesii

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Tree to c. 40 m tall. Bark initially smooth, becoming reddish brown and blistering with age. Leaves 15–30 mm long, flattened, often recurved, yellow-green to dark green; apex obtuse to acute. Male cones yellow-red. Female cones ovoid, 6–10 cm long, brown, glossy; scales ±rhomboidal, apex obtuse; bracts appressed, longer than scales.

*CVU, *GipP.

Native to Northern America. Widely planted world-wide for construction timber, known in the trade as 'oregon'. However, in Australia it is mainly grown for amenity. Trials in Australia have found it to be too slow-growing to be a viable commercial timber. It is weakly naturalised in Victoria, apparently from abandoned trial plots in high-rainfall areas. Plants in Victoria usually only grow to about 40 m tall. However, in its native range it can obtain heights of up to 100 m. 

Variety glauca is distinguished from var. menziesii by its bluish green leaves, smaller female cones, and spreading, reflexed bracts on seed scales.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2014-07-08
Updated by: Andre Messina, 2014-07-14
Distribution map


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Pseudotsuga menziesii var. menziesii in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Pseudotsuga menziesii var. menziesii in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised

State distribution

Distribution map
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory