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Abies homolepis

Nikko fir

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Features

  • BloomsApril to October
  • Height25m to 36m
  • Spread5m to 6m
  • Growth HabitUpright conical
  • Flower ColourPurple blue
  • Leaf ColourGreen-blue

Description

Abies homolepis (Nikko fir). This species will produce a conical tree up to 35m tall. It is native to Japan, and is tolerant of urban pollution. It will produce dark green needles with blue white bands on the underside.

Characteristics

Evergreen, Fragrant

Other common names

Manchurian fir

Origin

S. Japan

Interest and use

Specimen.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay, Heavy, Light, Medium
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

Grow in fertile moist, 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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