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ABIES concolor 'Candicans'

Image of Abies concolor 'Candicans'

Family

Pinaceae

Botanical Name

ABIES concolor 'Candicans'

Plant Common Name

Candicans White Fir, Silver White Fir, White Fir

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General Description

Producing perhaps the bluest needles of all selections of white fir, cultivar 'Candicans' produces needles with an intense silvery blue hue. White fir is a pyramidal evergreen tree native to the western United States. Its cones are oblong and held upright on mature branches. The tree has a fine symmetrical growth habit and is an ideal conifer for year round interest, even making an exquisite choice for a Christmas tree.

White fir tree grows best in full sun, slightly acidic, well-drained soil that is evenly moist and enriched with organic matter. This species of fir is more heat-, drought- and pollution-tolerant than other firs. In the landscape the white fir makes a large specimen or may be planted for privacy screens and windbreaks.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 7

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Needled or Scaled Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    30'-130' / 9.1m - 39.6m (50)

  • Width

    15'-30' / 4.6m - 9.1m (20)

  • Native To

    North America, Western United States, Northwestern United States, Southwestern United States, California, Canada, Mexico

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Pyramidal

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Fruit Color

    Brown, Sandy Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green, Blue Green, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Blue Green, Steel Blue, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Blue Green, Steel Blue, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Gray Green, Steel Blue, Silver

  • Bark Color

    Tan, Sandy Brown, Ivory, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Fissured

  • Usage

    Cutflower, Feature Plant, Screening / Wind Break

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No