Abies koreana 'Silberlocke'

Korean fir

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Key information

Feature

Cones, Attractive to wildlife

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

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Plant details

The Korean fir is a slow-growing conifer, especially the variety 'Silberlocke.' It is often planted as a dwarf, however, it will eventually reach quite a height. The cylindrical, tapering blue or purple upright cones are a well-known feature, together (in this variety) with an overall silvery-white appearance from the upturned leaves. Best grown as a specimen tree, or in a bed surrounded while small with ornamental grasses and ground-hugging callunas, especially those with coloured foliage. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Pinaceae

Genus: Abies

Species: koreana

Cultivar: Silberlocke

Foliage colour: Blue-green, Silver

Feature: Cones, Attractive to wildlife

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Chalky/alkaline, Boggy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 600cm

Spread: 1000cm

Time to plant seeds: February to April

Time to take cuttings: May to July


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