Abies are also known as Fir Trees and with around 50 species along with many cultivars including Dwarf Abies, available for sale they are widely used in landscaaping.
These are the traditional 'Christmas Fir', you trees from some species, with their good pyramidical habit are widely used as Christmas trees.
A diverse group of plants ranging from tall trees to low growing species that make excellent ground cover plants. All from the Northern Hemisphere and of course we then have the many named cultivars as well.
Abies varieties are widely used in landscaping from magnificent feature trees in large parks to low hedges or features in the rock garden.
Pictured right is Abies Koreana, an excellent specimen tree for a medium, to large garden.
- Abies balsamea is a tall growing species to 50 ft suited to zone 3
- Abies normandiana has a wonderfulsymetrical habit which makes it an excellent specimen tree. Suited to zone 4
- Abies koreana is the Korean Fir, again very symetrical and pyramidical reching 30 ft over time. Suited to Zone 5
- Abies pinsapo is the Spanish Fir, slow growing however over time it will grow to a large tree at around 60 ft. Suited to zone 7
Some of the best low growing or 'Dwarf' abies include
- Abies koreana 'Starker Dwarf', forms a good 6 ft mound.
- Abies procera 'Glauca' prostrate form, very good low spreading form. It can send up long leaders, however these are simply pruned away. Attractive blue - green foliage.
- Abies nordmanniana 'Golde Spreader' - Brilliant golden yellow folaige that adds color to the garden through the winter months.
Includes : picea abies, abies concolor, pinus abies, abies koreana, abies fir, abies lasiocarpa, abies balsamea and picea pungens
PropagationPropagation is not that easy, however softwood stem cuttings seems to work best. Take them in spring. Yes you can grow species from seed.
Where to buy
LAKE COUNTY PINES - phone 847-487-7408
29685 N Fairfield Road Grayslake Il 60030
Specializes in dwarf conifers and conifer trees. Our conifer collection includes over 225 varieties of conifer trees many are dwarf conifers. You will enjoy these conifer trees in your conifer garden. Our conifer tree nursery has potted dwarf shrubs. Most convenient dwarf conifer & conifer tree dealer to Chicago.