Abies koreana

Korean fir

A less-common conifer with striking cone colour.

Features: Striking purple-blue cones. Dense shade.
Applications: Suitable for containers. Garden feature tree.
Description Despite the unusual purple-blue of its cones and the its useful versatility, the Korean fir is not often seen. Yet its shallow root system, slow growth rate and resistance to heat make it a useful and eye-catching container or garden plant. This small to medium-sized conifer best enjoys cool and humid sites.
Availability: Torbay : 45L
Mature height: 5-10
Mature spread: 2-4
Canopy: Conical. Dense but limited shade.
Growth rate: Slow
Cautions: Dislikes soil compaction, heavy pollution, poorly-drained soils.
Tolerances: Wind tolerant. Tolerates more heat than
Sun demands: Full sun to slight shade
Soil demands: Prefers moist, well-drained soils. Acidic to slightly alkaline. Nutritious sandy-loamy or loamy substrates.
Water demands: Low-Moderate
Native or Exotic: Exotic
Leaf habit: Evergreen
Family: Pinaceae
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Additional references and recommended reading:

Boland, D. J. et al (2006) "Forest Trees of Australia" 5th Edition, Australia: CSIRO Publishing.

Gilman, Edward F. (1997) "Trees for Urban and Suburban Landscapes", Florida: Delmar Cengage Learning.

Lorenz von Ehren "Von Ehren Manual" 2nd Edition, Hamburg.

Rushforth, K. (2001) "Easy Tree Guide, Britain and Europe", London: Aurum Press.

Urban Forests Ecosystems Institute, "SelecTree - A Tree Selection Guide" retrieved from http://selectree.calpoly.edu/treelist.lasso 2009.

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