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Abies forrestii

Forrest fir

A large conical evergreen tree with an open habit when young. Bark is smooth, silvery-grey, new shoots are red-brown with white resinous buds. Short needles are densely arranged around each shoot in multiple ranks. The needles are up to 3cm long and 2.5mm wide, dark green above, silvery white beneath. Ovoid-cylindrical seed cones are 8-15cm long, blue when young, with protruding bracts.

Synonyms
Abies delavayi var. forestii
Abies georgii
see moreAbies delavayi var. forrestii
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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 Green Grey Silver Blue
Summer Green Grey Silver Blue
Autumn Green Grey Silver
Winter Green 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

Correct

Plant range
W China

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How to grow

Cultivation

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

Propagation

Propagate by seed

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

No pruning required

Pests

Generally pest-free, but may be susceptible to conifer aphid and adelgids.

Diseases

Generally disease-free, but may be susceptible to honey fungus.

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