Abies koreana

Korean fir

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Outstanding Qualities

Aristocratic in appearance and slow growing, the Korean fir has wonderful layered branches with deep green needles that have startling bright white undersides. Unique amongst the true firs, this tree bears intense violet-blue cones as a young plant, low enough on the tree to be enjoyed for their beauty. This restrained evergreen is a great choice for smaller gardens.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: pyramidal conifer

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 7 ft. 0 in. (2.13 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 5 ft. 0 in. (1.52 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 18 ft. 0 in. (5.49 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 8 ft. 0 in. (2.44 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 8

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: occasional watering

Seasonal Interest: spring upright violet-blue immature cones

Wildlife Associations: birds

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Hebe topiaria, Molinia caerulea ssp. caerulea ‘Heidebraut’, Berberis darwinii, Mahonia nervosa, Nandina domestica ‘Gulf Stream’

Great Color Contrasts: red, purple, blue

Great Color Partners: white, silver, green

Culture Notes
Korean fir prefers full sun and well-drained soil. Once it is established it will require occasional watering during dry weather. It is a slow grower with a lovely branching pattern, prune only if a branch is broken or misshaped.
Geek Notes
Native to South Korea on upper mountain slopes.