How to Grow Abies Koreana Plants in your Garden
Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing Korean Fir
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. Ideally grow in a sheltered area.
Abies koreana plant by korea abio; photograph under creative commons license.
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-like 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
Abies koreana 'Silberlocke' photograph by F. D. Richards, CC.
It can make a great ornamental or screening plant, especially in areas that are cool in the summer.
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.
Male Korean Fir flowers by Peganum, CC.
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: Groundcover
- Plant Height (Inches): 12 to 48
- Plant Spread (Inches): 120 to 180
- Time of Bloom: Spring
- Flower Details: Red
- Leaf Foliage: 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
- Soil Moisture: Moist
- 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
- Best Garden Use: Container, In the control of erosion, Foundation, Ground cover, En masse , Rock garden
- Family: Pinaceae
- Further Reading and References: Here and Here
- Miscellaneous: Non-native to North America, Inconspicuous flowers or blooms
- Genus Detail: Abies
- Closely related species: European silver fir; Compact white fir; Caucasian fir