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Abies veitchii

Veitch's silver fir

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Features

  • BloomsApril to October
  • Height12m to 15m
  • Spread4m to 7m
  • Growth HabitUpright conical
  • Flower ColourGrey blue
  • Leaf ColourDark green
  • AwardsRHS Garden Merit

Description

Abies veitchii (Veitch's silver fir). This is the smallest of the Japanese species and it will grow no higher than 21m. The leaves are dark green with a bluish-white underside, and the cones are blue-purple when young turning brown with age. It is a popular garden fir, making fast early growth but not being very long-lived.

Characteristics

Evergreen, Fragrant

Origin

Japan

Interest and use

Specimen trees, windbreaks and timber.

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Needs

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

Cultivation

Grow in light, medium, heavy, clay well-drained 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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