The sub-alpine fir (Abies lasiocarpa) was selected as the Yukon’s official tree in 2001.
The sub-alpine fir can range from 6 to 20 metres tall and is found in the regions south of Dawson City and east of Haines Junction.
It usually grows at higher elevations. The tree's short, stiff branches slope downward, which allow it to withstand heavy loads of snow and ice in the high country.
Sub-alpine fir needles produce a lemony-tasting tea, which is a traditional First Nations cold remedy rich in vitamin C. Sap drawn from the blisters on its bark has also been used by First Nations people as a traditional medicine for lung ailments.
The sub-alpine fir was selected as Yukon’s official tree in 2001.