We planted this garden conifer in 1992 and it could easily grow to 15m (49ft) and spread 8m(26ft). In the wilds it can often exceed 30m (100ft). It will put on about 15cm (6in) of new growth per year. However we maintain this Spanish Fir to around 1.5m. (5ft)! It naturally grows to an approximate cone shape but we tidy it to a more definite cone shape by selective pruning during winter.
The foliage always looks immaculate and tidy even after pruning! The non prickly needles are arranged radially around the branchlets which creates an interesting texture and is enticing to the touch.
In late spring the new foliage is blue-green in colour however, by winter this foliage will become more blue.
It is more disease resistant than many other blue conifers and to date we have not seen any evidence of red spider mite infestation which, in the absence of treatment, often causes severe needle drop in Blue Spruce conifers.
Once established it is drought tolerant and heat tolerant. It has no serious pest or disease problems.