Abies magnifica var. shastensis
Shasta red fir
A large conifer tree with a narrowly columnar crown, broadening with age. This variety of Californian Red Fir is similar to the species. The difference is the smaller-sized seed cones that are 7-10cm long and approximately 2-3cm in diameter, and the bract scales are protruding.
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Ultimate heightHigher than 12 metres
Time to ultimate height20–50 years
Ultimate spread4–8 metres
MoistureMoist but well–drained
Colour & scent
|Spring||Green Grey Silver|
|Summer||Green Grey Silver||Gold Brown|
|Autumn||Green Grey Silver|
|Winter||Green Grey Silver|
- Full sun
East–facing or North–facing or South–facing or West–facing
ExposureExposed or Sheltered
- Native to the UK
- Columnar upright
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
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- Plant range
- California, Oregon
How to grow
Grows best in deep, slightly acidic, moist but well-drained soils in cooler climates.
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- City and courtyard gardens
No pruning required
Generally disease-free, but may be affected by honey fungus.
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