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Abies concolor ‘Violacea’

White fir

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Features

  • BloomsApril to October
  • Height9.1m to 36.9m
  • Spread4.6m to 9.1m
  • Speed of GrowthSlow
  • Growth HabitUpright conical
  • Flower ColourSandy brown cones
  • Leaf ColourBlue green with silver new growth.

Description

Abies concolor ‘Violacea’ (White fir). This is a very bright glaucous blue silver tree. Leaves are sparsely arranged and sickle-shaped. New growth is bright white-silver.

Characteristics

Woody perennial, Needled evergreen, Tree

Other common names

Colorado fir

Origin

Western United States & Baja California USA

Interest and use

Grown as a specimen tree and as a wind-break.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay, Well drained, Fertile, Poor quality
  • 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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