Abies concolor 'Compacta'
(Photo courtesy of Northscaping.com)
Height: 8 feet
Spread: 6 feet
Hardiness Zone: 4a
Other Names: Silver Fir, Concolor Fir, Colorado Fir
A tightly compact form of the popular white fir featuring superb bluish-white foliage color, makes an excellent addition to the garden for all-season color; avoid hot or dry, windy sites
The Compact White Fir has attractive blue foliage. The needles are ornamentally significant but remain blue through the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The smooth gray bark is not particularly outstanding.
The Compact White Fir is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a shapely oval form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.
This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. It has no significant negative characteristics.
The Compact White Fir is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- General Garden Use
The Compact White Fir will grow to be about 8 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 80 years or more.
This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder zones.
This is a selection of a native North American species.