A coniferous tree originating in western parts of North America, it is widely planted in Britain as a valuable timber producing tree. The needles leave the shoot in all directions and have two white stripes underneath. They smell of oranges when rubbed. The bark has large fissures and is dark brown. The tallest specimen of any tree ever recorded was a Douglas Fir. It reached 127 metres and grew in British Columbia, where it was felled in 1895.