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The White Fir can be expected to grow
in the zones listed. More information can be found on the arborday.org
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The White Fir falls into the following type(s): N/A
The White Fir grows to be 30' to 50' feet in height.
The White Fir has a spread of about 20' at full maturity.
This tree grows at a Slow to Medium growth rate.
The White Fir does well in Full, Partial Shade exposure(s).
The White Fir grows in Acidic, Drought Tolerant, Loamy, Moist, Sandy, Well Drained soils.
The White Fir has a(n) Pyramidal shape.
The White Fir, sometimes called Concolor Fir, is a favorite Christmas tree among discerning buyers. It is also an important timber tree in its natural range within the Sierra Mountains and the western slopes of the central Rockies. It is widely planted as a beautiful ornamental in the East. Not surprisingly, White Fir is named for its light-colored bark and the silvery or "glaucous" color of its needles.
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, and 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. It does have commercial value and is harvested for miscellaneous products, but it is far overshadowed by its stronger woodland associates. 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. It is today a favorite for urban landscaping.
Normal moisture required; drought tolerant.
The needles of the White Fir are silvery blue to silver-green; flat; blunt; 2 to 3 inches long. (The longest of the Fir family.)
The fruit is elongated; upright; 3 to 6 inches long; dry or hard; brown.
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.
Each tree and plant is guaranteed to grow, or we'll replace it within one year of shipment.
Our trees are delivered with natural bare roots which have been dipped in hydrating gel prior to shipment to keep the roots moist and healthy. As their abundant, fibrous roots aren't confined by a container, bare-root trees get off to a more vigorous start compared to containerized roots which typically need more time to adjust to transplanting. Bare-root trees typically surpass the size of larger containerized trees in only a few years.
Potted (also called containerized) trees are shipped in 4" containers. Because the roots are packed in soil, the trees don't
need to be dormant for shipping. Benefits to potted trees include:
Natural root (also called bare root) trees are shipped without soil around their roots. They are shipped when dormant in the spring and fall seasons. We dip the roots in a hydrating gel to keep them moist during shipping. Some advantages of natural root trees:
The Urban Horticulture Institute at Cornell University has an interesting article about the benefits of planting natural root trees. Look for the PDF entitled Creating the Urban Forest: The Bare Root Method
Plugged trees are grown in a soil plug. While not shipped in a pot, these trees do have soil around the roots. Benefits of this type of tree include:
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