Douglasfir has the most beautiful buds of all the conifers (in my humble opinion). They are reddish-brown with imbricate scales and pointed. No other conifer in the Chicago area has buds like this. They look more like the buds on a deciduous tree and will serve as an excellent identification feature.
Karren Wcisel, TreeTopics.com
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Pinaceae, tree, conifer, cone, needle, evergreen, Pseudostuga menziesii, Douglasfir