A shrub-sized tree with greyish-blue leaves, green fir cones and cherry-red flowers.
Native to Spain and Morocco, the Blue Spanish Fir prefers dry climates and soil, although it is still very hardy (like all conifers) and can even grow in chalk. Although a slower-than-average grower, it can eventually reach heights of 30m. Its conical shape and broadly spaced branches can create a lot of movement in the wind – a great way to display its beautifully coloured leaves, fir cones and flowers.
All conifers are known for their hardiness and resilience against the elements. We often think of them being heavily covered with snow during the winter, but they can look equally as bold and impressive against a bright blue summer sky. Conifers get their name from the “cones” that they produce – which come in all shapes and sizes. Conifer leaves are evergreen and will either be needle-shaped or scale-like.
Latin Name: Abies Pinsapo Glauca
English Name: Blue Spanish Fir, Spanish Fir Glauca
Genus: Abies (Fir)
Foliage Type: Evergreen.
Flower: Red Flowers and Green Oval Cones.
Flowering Period: Spring.
Suggested Location: Outdoor.
Suggested Soil Type: Well-Drained. Chalk. Clay. Loam. Sand.
Suggested Exposure to Sunlight: Full Sunlight.
Suggested Exposure to Weather: Sheltered.
Hardiness Rating: High (H6)
Lowest Temperature Tolerance: -20 °C to -15 °C (-4 °F to 5 °F)
Suggested Uses: Embankments. Ornamental. Architectural. Rock Garden. Woodland.
Maintenance: No pruning required.
Growth Habit: Upright/Oval/Pyramid.
Growth Speed: Medium (25cm to 50cm per year).
Starting Height: 60cm to 300cm (2.0 ft to 9.8 ft)
Final Height: 30m (98 ft)
Starting Sideways Spread: 40cm to 200cm (1.3 ft to 6.6 ft)
Final Sideways Spread: 700cm (23.0 ft)
Pot Included: 18 Litre Plastic Pot (32cm) to 210 Litre Plastic Pot (100cm)
Height including Pot: 92cm to 400cm (3.0 ft to 14.1 ft)
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