This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Mr. J. J. Lemmon says in the Pacific Rural Press, that the "Red Silver Fir" of the Sierras is Abies magnifica, grows 150 to 200 feet and has "valuable" timber. The color of the bark gives it the red name. The "White Silver Fir," is Abies grandis, 200 to 300 feet high, but seldom over four feet in diameter; timber white, soft and coarse. "White Fir" is Abies concolor, timber "not as good as Abies magnifica," "softer and scentless," prized for butter boxes, meat barrels, and similar purposes. The "Western Tamarack" is Larix Occidentalis, frequently 200 feet high, free to split, and very strong and durable, hence highly prized.