There are about 400 trees in an aprox. 30 years old plantation, from seedlings produced in Guatemala and planted at around
2300 m. in these mountains. The Guatemalan Fir has been almost completely eliminated with only two old native trees left,
but recently many people have begun planting this species. Abies guatemalensis is the only native Fir in
El Salvador and it is the southernmost Fir forest in the whole world. Guatemalan Fir begins producing female cones
when it is about 20 years old, and it is fertile for the next 10-15 years on average with a very low germination rate.
The cone production is limited and very irregular : one year the trees produce many cones and the next year virtually none.