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Abies procera (Glauca Group) 'Glauca'
  • RHS AGM

noble fir 'Glauca'

A vigorous, tall, evergreen conifer tree, remarkable for its blue foliage. This cultivar is slow-growing from the beginning, but after 7-8 years the growth rate becomes more moderate, eventually reaching the height of up to 20 metres. A very elegant cultivar of Fir with pyramidal crown and blue, upcurved needles, 1 - 3.5 cm long. After 15 years the tree will start producing attractive, up to 20cm long, blue seed cones, turning brown when mature.

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Size
Ultimate height
Higher than 12 metres
Time to ultimate height
20–50 years
Ultimate spread
4–8 metres
Growing conditions
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Blue Grey Silver
Summer Blue Grey Silver Blue
Autumn Blue Grey Silver Brown
Winter Blue Grey Silver
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

East–facing or North–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H7
Botanical details
Family
Pinaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Columnar upright
Genus

Abies are evergreen conifers, often very tall, with whorled branches bearing flattened, linear leaves, often whitish beneath, and on the upper branches, large cones which break up whilst attached to the tree

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Grows best in deep, slightly acidic, moist but well-drained soils in cooler climates. See conifer cultivation

Propagation

Propagate by grafting.

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Architectural
  • City and courtyard gardens
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be susceptible to adelgids and aphids

Diseases

Generally disease-free, but may be affected by honey fungus.

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