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Abies lasiocarpa

Subalpine fir

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Features

  • BloomsApril to October
  • Height10m to 25m
  • Spread3m to 4m
  • Growth HabitPyramidal
  • Flower ColourDark purple
  • Leaf ColourGreen and grey

Description

Abies lasiocarpa (Subalpine fir). This is a small spreading tree which has a pyramidal shape and the leaves are green-grey. In the wild in the Rocky Mountains of the USA it can reach 30m tall. The cones are dark purple in colour.

Characteristics

Evergreen, Fragrant

Origin

North America

Interest and use

Specimen.

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Needs

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

Cultivation

Grow in fertile light, medium or heavy, clay, poor quality or well-drained soil with partial shade.

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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