There are 19 different species of conifer recorded on Raasay:
|Abies alba||Pinus nigra subsp. laricio|
|Abies procera||Pinus contorta|
|Pseudotsuga menziesii||Pinus mugo|
|Tsuga heterophylla||Sequoiadendron giganteum|
|Picea sitchensis||Thuja plicata|
|Picea abies||Juniperus communis|
|Larix decidua||X Cupressocyparis leylandii|
|Larix kaempferi||Araucaria araucana|
|Larix x marschlinsii||Taxus baccata|
Only the Juniper is native. The Yew and the Scots Pine, whilst native in the UK, are planted on Raasay.
Two of these need checking: Pinus nigra subsp. laricio and Larix kaempferi but in the meantime here are some pictures of Tsuga heterophylla (Western Hemlock-spruce) with this year’s male flowers looking fine at the moment:
and with last year’s neat little cones:
Hopefully, the various needle lengths that give rise to the specific name heterophylla are obvious, too.
Here are two of our more elderly specimens of Abies procera (Noble Fir):
but there are many younger self-seeded specimens too.