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Abies balsamea ‘Nana’

Balsam fir

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Features

  • BloomsApril to October
  • Height0.3m to 1m
  • Spread0.3m to 1m
  • Growth HabitBushy round
  • Flower ColourBluish purple
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Abies balsamea ‘Nana’ (Balsam fir). This variety is a dwarf, flattened, dense, needled evergreen shrub, with dark green leaves.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Needled evergreen, Shrub or Conifer

Other common names

Balm of Gilead

Origin

C and E Canada

Interest and use

Grown for wood pulp as well as for its resin which is still used medicinally, for incenses, glues and candles. Also grown as Christmas trees and as specimen trees as well as wind breaks.

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Needs

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

Cultivation

Grow in fertile well-drained soil with full sun.

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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