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Abies concolor Growing Guide

How to Grow Compact white fir in your Garden

Compact white fir

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


Abies concolor Growing Guide

The common name for these plants is White fir or Concolor fir

Found on mountain slopes

A narrow coniferous tree

Can reach 40 metres (130 feet), but is more usually around 12 to 22 m (40 to 70 feet)

Flat pale blue-green needles (~ 6 cm, 2 1/2 inches)

Smooth Ash-gray bark

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

Can take as many as forty years before they produce cones

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

Grows well in either full sun or partial shade.

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

Quick Abies concolor Growing and Care Guide

  • Scientific name: Abies concolor
  • Common Name: Compact white fir
  • Growing Zone (USA): 3 to 7
  • Life Cycle/Type: Tree

Plant Details

  • Plant Height (Inches): 960 to 1560
  • Plant Spread (Inches): 180 to 264
  • Time of Bloom:
  • Color of Bloom:
  • Leaf Foliage Detail: Blue, Green
  • 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
  • Moisture: Moist

Caring Conditions

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

Further Information

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



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