White Fir Abies concolor
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Long ago, naturalist Donald Peattie recognized the beauty and adaptability of the white fir and accurately predicted that its future “lies in its value as an ornamental.” Its shape, color, and ability to thrive on harsh sites has made the tree a favorite for urban landscaping.
- Displays silvery, blue-green needles and light-colored bark
- Tolerates drought, heat, and winter cold
- Will be delivered at a height of 6"– 1'
Your Tree’s Personality
Slow to Medium
Grouse like to eat the buds and needles and find white fir a good roosting tree. The seeds are eaten by squirrels, rodents, chickadees, crossbills and Clark's nutcrackers. Deer browse on seedlings, buds and needles, and porcupines gnaw on the bark.
White fir is one of the 40 members of its genus worldwide—nine in North America. Its common name is descriptive of the foliage, whereas its scientific name is not too helpful. Abies is simply the ancient Latin word for fir trees, and concolor means "together, or of one color." This wild mountain resident has no outstanding credits to its name in the lumber business. Long ago, naturalist Donald Peattie predicted the real glory of this species. "Rather does the future of this tree lie in its value as an ornamental," he wrote in 1953. Today it is a favorite for urban landscaping.
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