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Abies balsamea f. hudsonia form

Balsam fir

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  • Abies balsamea f. hudsonia form | Copyright Greenplantswap 2017
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Features

  • BloomsApril to October
  • Height0.1m to 0.3m
  • Spread0.3m to 0.8m
  • Growth HabitIrregular bushy
  • Flower ColourBluish purple
  • Leaf ColourGreen shades

Description

Abies balsamea f. hudsonia form (Balsam fir). This variety is a slow growing, evergreen conifer which has a round, dwarf, compact habit. The leaves are grey-green, linear and needle-like.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Needled evergreen, Fragrant

Other common names

Balm of Gilead

Origin

C and E Canada

Interest and use

Specimen, rock-gardens. Can be planted in pots. Year-round interest.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

You can grow in fertile, moist, well-drained soil.

Propagation

Abies seed can be sown in autumn or spring (but forms selected for leaf colour do not come true). Evergreen current growth cuttings in autumn to spring. Deciduous softwood cuttings in summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Honey fungus may be a problem, although this genus is fairly resistant. Conifer spinning mite may cause defoliation. Prone to adelgids.

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