Douglas-Fir is most commonly used as a screen or occasionally a specimen in the landscape. Not suited for a small residential landscape, it is often a fixture in a commercial setting. Allow room for the spread of the tree since the tree looks terrible with lower limbs removed. It is grown and shipped as a Christmas tree in many parts of the country.
The tree prefers a sunny location with a moist soil
and is not considered a good tree for much of the
South. It grows but struggles in USDA hardiness zone
7. Douglas-Fir transplants best when balled and
burlapped and has a moderate growth rate. It tolerates
pruning and shearing but will not tolerate dry soil for
extended periods. Protect from direct wind exposure
for best appearance. Some occasional watering in
summer dry spells will help the tree stay vigorous,
especially in the southern end of its range.
Cultivars are: ‘Anguina’ - long, snake-like
branches; ‘Brevifolia’ - short leaves; ‘Compacta’ -
compact, conical growth; ‘Fastigiata’ - dense,
pyramidal; ‘Fretsii’ - dense bush, short broad leaves;
‘Glauca’ - bluish foliage; ‘Nana’ - dwarf; ‘Pendula’ -
long, drooping branchlets; ‘Revoluta’ - curled leaves;
‘Stairii’ - variegated leaves.