Abies and Other Conifers

abiespinsapoaurea (296x300)Abies pinsapo ‘Aurea’ – Golden Spanish Fir grows slower than the species (about 6″ a year), with the new growth being an attractive creamy-yellow that matures to a silvery-blue. While it may take some time, it eventually develops a dominant leader and takes on a pyramidal form. The male pollen cones are a beautiful raspberry red colour. Grows 25′ high by 8′ wide. Hardy to zone 6.

abieskorsilversnow (300x295)Abies koreana ‘Silver Show’ – This cultivar of Korean Fir is somewhat similar to ‘Silberlocke’ but is reportedly more compact and showy. The dark green needles are highly recurved, revealing the silvery-white reverse and making the plant look like it has been flocked with snow. It is slow growing, preferring full sun and good soil drainage. Grows 12-15′ high by 8′ wide. Zone 4.

abieskoraurea (300x300)Abies koreana ‘Aurea’ – Golden Korean Fir is a slow growing cultivar (about 3-6″ a year) with golden-yellow new growth and a typical pyramidal growth habit. It produces bright violet-blue cones that really compliment the foliage colour. Juvenile plants may scorch in regions with hot summers, so consider a part sun exposure. Grows 15-18′ high by 6-8′ wide. Hardy to zone 5.

thujaheatherbun (300x291)Chamaecyparis thyoides ‘Heatherbun’ – A dwarf White False Cypress with feathery sage green foliage that shifts to dramatic purple to plum tones in the colder weather. It is a useful specimen in the background of heather or rock gardens and has a rounded growth habit. It is slow growing and tolerates pruning to control size. Grows 6′ high by 4′ wide (without pruning). Zone 4.

thujopsisdolonana (292x300)Thujopsis dolabrata ‘Nana’ – Dwarf Hiba or Elkhorn Cedar has highly textured scale-like needles held in flattened sprays, which are green on top with white banding on the reverse. It has a flat-topped, mounding form that requires little pruning. This cultivar originated in Japan and was brought to England in 1861 by J.G. Veitch. Grows 3-4′ high by 4-6′ wide. Hardy to zone 5.

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