Abies firma (Momi Firs)

Stiff needled fir native to Japan. Found in Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu, and Yakushima islands at elevations of 160 - 6,000 feet. Commonly known as Momi fir or as モミ in the Japanese language. In Japan, the wood is used for construction and building coffins. As with most species having wood of a uniform light color, the Japanese find it exceptionally pleasing. In the U.S. and Europe it is a popular ornamental species, as well as proving to be a valuable seedling for use as rootstock for other fir species to grow in the humid southeastern U.S.