How to Grow Abies Koreana Plants in your Garden

Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing Korean Fir

Generally, Abies Koreana is a compact growing evergreen species is native to the 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), and does not like humid conditions.

It has a preference for a soil that is acidic, rich and moist. Ideally grow this tree in a sheltered area.

Korean fir Growing guide

In conifer form it can reach heights of over 15 m (50 ft).

The 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-like appearance; even when grown as a compact.

Korean Fir Variety Silberlocke

Korean-Fir-Variety-Silberlocke variety of Korean Fir, Picture F.D. Richards; CC.

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

Abies koreana

Abies koreana 'Silberlocke' photograph by F. D. Richards, CC.

Abies Koreana can make a great ornamental yard or screening plant, especially in areas that are cool in the summer and not subject to pollution.

Korean fir flowers

Male Korean Fir flowers by Peganum, CC.

In the USA it performs best in growing zones 5 to 7, and is considered to be very hardy in the UK.

It is not overly susceptible to pests or diseases.

How to Grow Korean Fir Video

Abies koreana Growing and Care Guide

  • Scientific Name: Abies koreana.
  • Common Name: Korean fir.
  • Growing Zone: USA: 5 to 7. UK Hardiness: H7
  • Life Cycle / Plant Type: Evergreen Tree.

Plant Details

  • Plant Height(Inches): 15 to 50 feet (4.5 to 15 m).
  • Plant Spread (Inches): 6 to 25 feet (2 to 8 m).
  • Time of Bloom: Does not flower.
  • Flower Details: N/A
  • Leaf Foliage: Green above, white-silver beneath, Flat, Linear Needles. Fragrant.
  • Fruit: Purple or blue seed cone. 3 inches (8 cm) in length. Upright.
  • Growth Form: Conical. Compact.

Ideal Growing Conditions

  • Best Light Conditions: Partially shady to full sunlight.
  • Rate of Growth: Grows slowly. Takes about 50 years to gain full height.
  • Suitable Soil Types: Slightly Acidic pH. Well drained. Cool. Most soil types but does not do well in waterlogged or clay soils.
  • Soil Moisture: Moist.

Caring Conditions

  • Care: Water refularky to maintain moist soil during dry periods.
  • Level of Maintenance: Low to medium.
  • Propagation: Seed or grafting
  • How to Prune: Not usually required.
  • Pests: Aphids, adelgids, budworms, and bagworms
  • Diseases: Usually pest free, root rot, rust, blight.

Further Information

  • Best Garden Use: Winter interst. Yards, Screening, Cottage Gardens.
  • Family: Pinaceae
  • Further Reading and References: Here and Here
  • Miscellaneous: Non-native to North America (Native to the mountaons of the Korean Penisular). Does not grow well in pollted areas.
  • Genus Detail: Abies.
  • Closely related species: European silver fir; Compact white fir; Caucasian fir

Abies koreana Silber Cones

Abies koreana 'Silber' Cones photograph by Jean Weber; CC.

I hope that you enjoyed this guide on how to grow Abies koreana. You may also enjoy the following tree growing guides: How to grow Olives and Pistacia chinensis.