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PlantFiles: Colorado Fir, Concolor Fir, White Fir
Abies concolor 'Blue Cloak'

Family: Pinaceae (py-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Abies (A-bees) (Info)
Species: concolor (KON-kol-or) (Info)
Cultivar: Blue Cloak

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15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
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Bloom Time:
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Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds
Ferment seeds before storing
Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Bluespruce_Paul On Oct 21, 2011, Bluespruce_Paul from Portland
United Kingdom wrote:

A stunningly beautiful fir, intensely, startling silvery blue. I have a young plant only 30 cm in height, acquired from Foxhollow Gardens near Poole in Dorset. It was planted just six months ago, and is full of promise. I have planted it in limey clay, but this has had a considerable amount of well-rotted manure, sand, and coffee grounds dug into it. It contrasts beautifully with nearby Thuja occidentalis 'Rheingold' planted in front of it, and a deep purple Physocarpus planted behind. Its position is in strong, full sun, exposed to salt-laden winds, which it does not mind a bit. I am very much looking forward to seeing this plant develop in the years to come. :)


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Horton, Michigan

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