Abies pinsapo ‘Glauca’

blue Spanish fir

Outstanding Qualities

Blue Spanish fir is a stately and majestic specimen evergreen that draws attention with its graceful yet rigid layered branches, narrow conical shape and unusual stiff, intensely colored powder blue short needles. The non prickly needles are arranged radially around the branchlets which creates an interesting texture and is enticing to the touch. In early spring the branch tips are covered with surprisingly beautiful small violet-red pollen cones, which are especially attractive against the blue foliage. The slow growth and disease resistance of this fir make it an excellent selection for urban plantings.

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple’, Allium ‘Globemaster’, Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Pallida’, Elaeagnus pungens ‘Maculata’, Panicum virgatum ‘Rotstrahlbusch’

Great Color Contrasts: pink, yellow, red, white, orange

Great Color Partners: blue, purple, green, silver

Culture Notes

Abies pinsapo 'Glauca' performs best in full sun with well-drained soil. Once established it is drought tolerant and heat tolerant. It has no serious pest or disease problems. It is quite slow growing, but will eventually become a lovely graceful tree. Only prune broken or damaged branches and provide enough space for it to fully develop over the years.

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Quick Facts

Plant Type: pyramidal conifer

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 15 ft. 0 in. (4.57 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 7 ft. 0 in. (2.13 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 9

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: drought tolerant when established