James H. Schutte
ABIES koreana 'Silberlocke'
Plant Common Name
Korean Fir, Silver Korean Fir
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A smaller-sized fir, Silberlocke Korean fir has upright-facing, lightly twisting needles that show off their silvery undersides. A slow growing conifer from the southern half of the Korean peninsula, this is considered one of the more heat-tolerant fir species. It is best in cooler regions, however.
The horizontal branches of this fir tree grow slowly, and are light brown at their tips. The tree becomes a broad pyramid in shape with considerable age. The twisted needles are soft and dark gray-green but blatantly show off their silvery undersides. In late spring the male and female cones are light green-pink in color; only the female cones become plump ovals that blush purple to blue-violet before drying to golden brown.
Grow 'Silverlocke' in full to partial sun in a moist, well-draining soil that is not alkaline. It is tolerant of summer heat and windy situations but will die in soggy soils. It truly looks its best when grown in regions that have cool summers and cold winters. It is a lovely specimen evergreen for a large building foundation bed to soften the corner or in a lawn or expansive mixed shrub border. The twisted and silvery needles add exceptional textural interest and looks best with a dark colored background for added impact.
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter