Douglas fir leaves: tiny yet amazing

pseudotsuga_menziesii_bannerDouglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) is one of those iconic BC evergreens that one could wax on about for pages.
Consider the leaves alone: like many evergreen leaves, they’re reduced in size to “needles” and covered in a waxy substance that helps reduce moisture loss during the dessicating months of winter. But whenever the sun shines, the leaves carry on photosynthesis.
The needles are also food for wildlife such as Douglas squirrels, dusky grouse and black-tailed deer.
They also contain a substantial amount of vitamin C; early explorers and settlers made tea using the dried leaves to help ward off scurvy.
First Nations also had numerous uses of the leaves as medicine and for ceremonial purposes.