Forrest's Fir and its several varieties occur at high altitudes, often up to the tree line and consequently only yield timber suitable for saw mill processing from larger trees at its lowest altitudinal range. Exploitation has (at least officially) ceased with Chinese forest conservation law now prohibiting logging in old growth forest in the western provinces. Having been collected on numerous occasions by the famous European plant hunters of the early twentieth century it was introduced to Europe and the United States where it is still quite common in arboreta and private large gardens. Most trees labelled A. delavayi actually belong to this species (A. delavayi has narrow leaves with revolute margins and dark violet-blue or purplish black seed cones).
References and further reading
- Zhang, D, Katsuki, T. & Rushforth, K. (2013). Abies forrestii var. forrestii. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T191561A1989116. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-1.RLTS.T191561A1989116.en. Downloaded on 01 December 2016.