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Pronunciation Guide

Scientific name Pronunciation Common name Sources
Abies amabilis AY-beez  ah-MAH-bil-iss Pacific Silver Fir 1, 2
Abies concolor AY-beez  KAWN-kull-ur White Fir 1, 2, 3
Abies grandis AY-beez  GRAND-iss Grand Fir 1, 2
Abies lasiocarpa AY-beez  lah-see-oh-KAR-puh Subalpine Fir 2
Abies magnifica AY-beez  mag-NIFF-ih-kuh Red Fir 2
Abies procera AY-beez  PROSS-ur-uh Noble Fir -2, 3
Callitropsis nootkatensis kal-i-TROP-sis  noot-kuh-TEN-sis Alaska Cedar 2, 3
Calocedrus decurrens kal-oh-SEE-drus  deck-ER-renz Incense Cedar -1, 2
Chamaecyparis lawsoniana kam-ee-SIP-uh-riss  law-sohn-ee-AY-nuh Port Orford Cedar 1, 2, 3
Cupressus bakeri coo-PRESS-us  bay-air-ee Modoc Cypress 2
Cupressus macnabiana coo-PRESS-us  mac-nab-ee-AH-nuh MacNab Cypress
Cupressus sargentii coo-PRESS-us  sar-JEN-tee-eye Sargent Cypress 2
Juniperus communis joo-NIP-ur-us  kum-YOU-nis Common Juniper 1, -2, 3
Juniperus occidentalis joo-NIP-ur-us  ock-si-den-TAY-lis Western Juniper 2
Juniperus scopulorum joo-NIP-ur-us  skohp-you-LORE-um Rocky Mountain Juniper 1, -2, 3
Larix lyallii LAIR-icks  ly-AL-lee-eye Alpine Larch 2  
Larix occidentalis LAIR-icks ock-si-den-TAY-lis Western Larch 2
Picea breweriana PY-see-uh  broo-er-ee-AY-nuh Brewer Spruce 2
Picea engelmannii PY-see-uh  eng-gul-MAN-ee-eye Engelmann Spruce 2, 3
Picea sitchensis PY-see-uh  sih-KEN-sis Sitka Spruce 2,  -3
Pinus albicaulis PY-nus  al-bee-KAH-lis Whitebark Pine 2
Pinus attenuata PY-nus  uh-ten-you-AY-tuh Knobcone Pine 2
Pinus contorta PY-nus  kon-TORT-uh Lodgepole Pine 2
Pinus flexilis PY-nus  FLECKS-il-liss Limber Pine 1, 2, 3
Pinus jeffreyi PY-nus  JEFF-ree-eye Jeffrey Pine 1, 2
Pinus lambertiana PY-nus lam-bert-ee-AY-nuh Sugar Pine
Pinus monticola PY-nus  mon-TEE-koh-luh Western White Pine 2
Pinus ponderosa PY-nus  pon-der-OH-suh Ponderosa Pine 1, 2, 3
Pinus sabiniana sa-bee-nee-AH-nuh Gray Pine 2
Pseudotsuga menziesii soo-doh-SOO-guh  men-ZEEZ-ee-eye Douglas Fir 1, 2
Sequoia sempervirens sih-KWOY-uh  semp-er-VIE-runs Redwood 1, 2
Taxus brevifolia TAKS-us  brev-ee-FOH-lee-uh Pacific Yew 2
Thuja plicata THOO-yuh  ply-KAY-tuh Western Red Cedar 1, 2, 3
Tsuga heterophylla SOO-guh  het-er-oh-FILL-luh Western Hemlock 1, 2, 3
Tsuga mertensiana SOO-guh  mer-ten-zee-AH-nuh Mountain Hemlock 2, -3
Family name Pronunciation Common name
Cupressaceae koo-press-AY-see-ay Cypress
Pinaceae py-NAY-see-ay Pine
Taxaceae tak-SAY-see-ay Yew

Note: Pronunciation of scientific names can differ even among professional botanists.

Sources

1 Missouri Botanical Garden

2 Dave's Garden

3 Overplanted

- indicates a different pronunciation.

Updated 8/23/2017.


































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