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Abies pinsapo 'Glauca' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Tree or Conifer

Habit

Columnar/Upright

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Foliage

Green and Grey/Silver in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Fruit

Brown, Green and Purple in Spring

Size

Ultimate height

Higher than 12 metres

Ultimate spread

4-8 metres

Time to ultimate height

20-50 years


Preferred common name

glaucous Spanish fir

Family

Pinaceae


Abies are evergreen conifers, often very tall, with whorled branches bearing flattened, linear leaves, often whitish beneath, and on the upper branches, large cones which break up whilst attached to the tree

'Glauca' is an evergreen conifer making a slow-growing medium tree with blunt grey-green needles arranged all round the shoot. Cones pale green or purple when young, ripening brown

Other common names

  • Spanish fir 'Glauca'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing, North-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in moist but well-drained slightly acidic soil. Makes good specimen tree

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid or Neutral
  • Loam, Clay or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by seed or grafting

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Architectural, City/Courtyard Gardens, Low Maintenance, Rock Garden, Gravel Garden or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Can get aphids and adelgids

Diseases

Generally disease free