name comes from the Latin word abeo which
means "to rise" or "arising" referring to the
height of the trees. "Fir" probably comes from
the Old English words furh or fyrh
and the Danish word for fire, fyrr.
Fir trees are
monoecious which means that have separate
male and female flowers on the same plant. Most
of these plants are pyramidal in form and are
fairly slow growing. Many of them do not
tolerate hot, dry weather well.