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Abies koreana (Korean Fir)

Korean Fir

AGM Award
Abies koreana, Korean Fir, Evergreen Conifer, Evergreen Shrub, Evergreen Tree

Abies koreana (Korean Fir) is a compact evergreen conifer that is garden-worthy. Featuring a conical to pyramidal habit, its horizontal branches are densely clad with short and broad, shiny, dark green needles with silvery white undersides. Abundant blue or purple cones are held upright along the branches of young trees, creating a lovely contrast against the deep green foliage. A slow grower, 4-6 in. per year (10-15 cm), its bark is dark tan-brown and slightly resinous. An excellent accent choice for the home landscape

  • Winner of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
  • Grows up to 15-30 ft. high (4-9 m) and 6-12 ft. wide (2-4 m).
  • Performs best in full sun in rich, slightly acidicmoist, well-drained soils. More tolerant of heat and humidity than most firs but performs best in cooler climates.
  • Virtually disease free. Watch for aphids and adelgids. Easy to grow, easy to care for, and rarely browsed by deer.
  • No pruning required.
  • Propagate by seed or grafting
  • Native to Korea

Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 7
Heat Zones 6
Climate Zones 3, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Conifers, Trees
Plant Family Pinaceae
Genus Abies
Common names Korean Fir, Fir
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 15' - 30'
(4.6m - 9.1m)
Spread 6' - 12'
(180cm - 3.7m)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Drought, Deer
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden, Prairie and Meadow
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Abies lasiocarpa (Subalpine Fir)
Abies balsamea (Balsam Fir)
Abies grandis (Grand Fir)

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 7
Heat Zones 6
Climate Zones 3, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Conifers, Trees
Plant Family Pinaceae
Genus Abies
Common names Korean Fir, Fir
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 15' - 30'
(4.6m - 9.1m)
Spread 6' - 12'
(180cm - 3.7m)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Drought, Deer
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden, Prairie and Meadow
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