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How to Grow Korean Fir Plants

An overview of Abies koreana

This generally compact evergreen species is native to mountainous areas of the Korean peninsular. This means that it typically performs best at altitudes of one to two thousand meters (3,200 to 6,500 feet). It has a preference for a soil that is rich and moist.

Korean fir Growing guide
Abies koreana plant by korea abio; photograph under creative commons license.

Ideally grow in a sheltered area. In conifer form it can reach heights of over 15 m (50 ft). Its branches are short with broad needles. These are usually of two colors, dark green above and silver below. The cones are very attractive and can be blue or purple. The leaves are aromatic and the plant may have a bush appearance, even when grown as a compact.

Tips on How to Grow Abies koreana

In the garden it is best grown in its compact form unless you have a lot of space, and it can make a great ornamental or screening plant, especially in areas that are cool in the summer. In the USA it performs best ion growing zones 5 to 7. It is not overly susceptible to pests.

Korean Fir Video

Quick Abies koreana Growing and Care Guide

  • Scientific name: Abies koreana
  • Common Name: Korean fir
  • Growing Zone (USA): 5 to 7
  • Life Cycle/Type: Groundcover

Plant Details

  • Plant Height (Inches): 12 to 48
  • Plant Spread (Inches): 120 to 180
  • Time of Bloom: Spring
  • Color of Bloom: Red
  • Leaf Foliage Detail: Green
  • Growth Form: Prostrate, Spreading or horizontal

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: Aphids, adelgids, budworms, and bagworms
  • Diseases: Usually pest free, root rot

Further Information

  • Best used in: Container, In the control of erosion, Foundation, Ground cover, En masse , Rock garden
  • Miscellaneous : Non-native to North America, Inconspicuous flowers or blooms
  • Genus Detail: Abies
  • Closely related species: European silver fir; Compact white fir; Caucasian fir
  • Further Reading: Here and Here



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Allium schoenoprasum
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Anemone coronaria
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Anethum graveolens
Annona reticulata
Anthurium andraeanum
Antirrhinum majus
Aquilegia vulgaris
Aralia elata
Araucaria araucana
Araucaria heterophylla
Arbutus unedo
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
Argyranthemum frutescens
Armeria maritima
Aronia melanocarpa
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Arundo donax
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Asclepias tuberosa
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Astrantia major
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