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Abies delavayi

Delavay fir

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Features

  • BloomsApril to October
  • Height10m to 25m
  • Spread5m to 6m
  • Growth HabitPyramidal
  • Flower ColourDark blue purple
  • Leaf ColourBright green silver

Description

Abies delavayi (Delavay fir). This is a tall evergreen conifer with dark green, blunt-tipped needle-shaped leaves which are whitish beneath. The fat cones are brown-purple in colour.

Characteristics

Needled evergreen, Conifer or Tree

Origin

E. Asia - S. China

Interest and use

Specimen trees, windbreaks and timber.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessHardy (min -10°C)
  • SoilClay, Heavy, Light, Medium
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

Grow in fertile light, medium, heavy, clay 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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