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Abies lasiocarpa ‘Roger Watson’

Subalpine fir

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Features

  • BloomsApril to October
  • Height0.5m to 0.9m
  • Spread0.4m to 0.9m
  • Speed of GrowthVery slow
  • Growth HabitPyramidal
  • Flower ColourCones are dark purple
  • Leaf ColourGrey green

Description

Abies lasiocarpa ‘Roger Watson’ (Subalpine fir). This slow growing evergreen species of conifer, which takes ten years to reach three feet (approx 90cm) in height, has blue-green needles and white or grey bark. Cones are dark purple and cylindrical.

Characteristics

Evergreen, Conifer or Tree

Origin

USA

Interest and use

Specimen.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilFertile
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

Grow in fertile 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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