Botanical Name:Abies concolor
Common Name:white fir
Family Name:Pinaceae – pine family
General Description:Plants in the genus Abies (fir) do best in the cool moist climate of northeastern and northwestern United States. As a rule, the hot, dry summers of the Midwest limit their use. However, Abies concolor, which is native to the mountains of southwestern United States is considered to be the best fir for the Midwest as it tolerates our summer conditions and withstands occasional dry spells. White fir is a slow growing, silvery blue, conical tree that should be used more in the landscape. There are many fine cultivars available selected primarily for intense color and interesting forms.
Resources Consulted:Dirr, Michael A. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants: Their Identification, Ornamental Characteristics, Culture, Propagation and Uses. Champaign: Stipes, 2009. Print.
"The PLANTS Database." USDA, NRCS. National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA, 2014. Web. 11 Mar. 2014.
Creator:Julia Fitzpatrick-Cooper, Professor, College of DuPage
Keywords/Tags:Pinaceae, tree, conifer, cone, needle, evergreen, Abies concolor, white fir