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How to Grow Abies concolor Plants in your Garden

Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing Compact White Fir

The common name for the Abies concolor Tree is White fir, or Concolor fir.

It is a narrow coniferous tree that is found on mountain slopes

Abies concolor Plants can reach 40 metres (130 feet), but are more usually around 12 to 22 m (40 to 70 feet) tall.

They carry flat pale blue-green needles (~ 6 cm, 2 1/2 inches), and have a smooth Ash-gray bark.

Compact white fir

Abies concolor 'Blue Cloak' photograph by F. D. Richards.

Cones are barrel shaped and grow upright. They reach about 8ā€“15 cm (3 to 6 inches).

It can take as many as forty years before they produce cones.

Likes to grow in a rich moist soil with good drainage. Does not grow in clay soils.

Can grow well in either full sun or partial shade light conditions.

Abies concolor performs best in areas with cool summers and long winters.

Abies concolor

photograph by S. Rae.

How to Grow Abies concolor Video

Abies concolor Growing and Care Guide

  • Scientific Name: Abies concolor
  • Common Name: Compact white fir
  • Growing Zone: USA: 3 to 7. UK: H7 very hardy.
  • Life Cycle / Plant Type: Tree

Plant Details

  • Plant Height (Inches): 960 to 1560
  • Plant Spread (Inches): 180 to 264
  • Time of Bloom:
  • Flower Details:
  • Leaf Foliage: Blue, Green
  • Fruit:
  • Growth Form: Columnar

Ideal Growing Conditions

  • Best Light Conditions: Partially shady to full sunlight
  • Rate of Growth: Grows slowly
  • Suitable Soil Types: Acidic, Loamy, Neutral, Sandy, Well drained
  • Soil Moisture: Moist

Caring Conditions

  • Care:
  • Level of Maintenance: Medium
  • Propagation: Seed or grafting
  • How to Prune: Not usually required
  • Pests: Aphidsand adelgids
  • Diseases: Usually pest free

Further Information

  • Best Garden Use: Christmas tree, Firewood, Areas requiring pest tolerance, Screen, Specimen
  • Further Reading and References: Here and Here
  • Family: Pinaceae
  • Miscellaneous: Attractive foliage, North American native, Fragrant foliage, Does not bloom
  • Genus Detail: Abies
  • Closely related species: European silver fir; Korean Fir; Caucasian fir



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