White Fir (Abies concolor) fall collection

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Collected this Abies concolor last weekend. I had seen it in the spring and passed it up because the buds were already opened.
Here's the current front.
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Here's the right side. Something killed the top and everything on this side.
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There was new growth on that side in the spring, which was one of the things that I liked about it, but it died back over the summer.
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It seems to back bud easily, though. Here are some new shoots right at the base of the trunk and further up.
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Left side:
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Back:
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New leader:
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I always forget a scale object, so here you go. I was surprised the trunk caliper was just 3.5 inches. It looks beefier.
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PiñonJ, Very nice fir. Do you have any new buds from the dead side?
Not exactly; those two at the bottom of the trunk are the closest, but I'm not worried, either way. This tree will be fun to work with.
 

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Nice tree. It should backbud really well. Looks like a lot of dried sap flow. Borers?
 

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Nice tree. It should backbud really well. Looks like a lot of dried sap flow. Borers?
Good eye. I didn't get the impression it was borers, but I need to examine it again. I think all the dried sap is on the damaged side and I think all the damage was from some kind of macro trauma, like a bull elk cleaning his antlers on it, or a bear chasing down something in the upper branches! All of the existing foliage looks super healthy.
 
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I have always been curious about transplanting white fire. Keep us updated as I'd be curious how it handles winter.
 

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