Boughs from both amabilis fir and grand fir provided floor coverings and
bedding for aboriginal people.
Several coastal peoples used the firs medicinally. They boiled the bark with stinging
nettle for a tonic and for bathing and treated colds with a tea made from the needles.
The Nisga'a occasionally used it for house planks. Many native groups used it for
Because of its light weight and colour, its clean appearance and its lack of unpleasant
odour, the wood is used for doors and windows, as well as furniture parts, mouldings and
Amabilis fir is also called Pacific silver fir because of the silvery
underside of the needle. The botanical name amabilis means "lovely," an
apt description for this species.