Abies pinsapo 'Glauca' (Spanish fir) in late spring

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    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.

    1. karma (Karen) 60 months ago | reply

      love all these great colors together

    2. pawightm (Patricia) 60 months ago | reply

      What a lovely tree. Part of the beautiful bones of the garden. I've always been so impressed by your pruning prowess. It is not easy to keep a garden in check when so much is growing there . . . but you do. Your garden artistry is so well demonstrated by the way everything plays well together . . . if there are bullies or garden thugs, you certainly know how to deal with them!

    3. pawightm (Patricia) 60 months ago | reply

      What a beautiful specimen this is . . . a lovely color and kept to perfect proportions and size for the surrounding plants.

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