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.
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.
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.
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