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Alpine Fir*

Abies lasiocarpa

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Alpine Fir (Abies lasiocarpa) at Town And Country Gardens

Alpine Fir

Alpine Fir

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Alpine Fir (Abies lasiocarpa) at Town And Country Gardens

Alpine Fir foliage

Alpine Fir foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  70 feet

Spread:  20 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  2

Other Names:  Subalpine Fir, Rocky Mountain Fir

Description:

A common evergreen tree of the Rocky Mountains, good for natural landscapes, tolerates drier conditions; may require special considerations when grown in a home landscape setting

Ornamental Features

Alpine Fir has green foliage. The needles remain green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The smooth gray bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Alpine Fir is an evergreen tree with a strong central leader and a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Alpine Fir is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Vertical Accent

Planting & Growing

Alpine Fir will grow to be about 70 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet. It has a low canopy, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 80 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in sandy soils. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This species is native to parts of North America.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Articulation 
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Plant Form  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features

Disclaimer - This Plant Finder tool is an online resource representing many of the varieties that we carry over the course of the season, and is intended for informational purposes only. Inventory varies seasonally, so we cannot guarantee that every plant will be in stock at all times - please contact the store directly for availability. It does not include our entire inventory of plants, so be sure to visit our store to see varieties that may not be represented on this list.