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

Category:

Shrubs

Trees

Conifers

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:

Evergreen

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:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Regional

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

Horton, Michigan

Gardeners' Notes:

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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. :)