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Barabits Star Silver Fir*

Abies alba 'Barabits Star'

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Barabits Star Silver Fir (Abies alba 'Barabits Star') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Barabits Star Silver Fir foliage

Barabits Star Silver Fir foliage

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

Height:  30 feet

Spread:  10 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Other Names:  Silver Fir, Dwarf European White Fir

Description:

A wonderful small slow-growing evergreen with wide, almost brush-like slighty drooping branchlets that give the plant a fluffy yet dense appearance, rich green color all season long, silvery bark is also attractive; best in moist acidic soils

Ornamental Features

Barabits Star Silver Fir has attractive forest green foliage. The needles are highly ornamental and remain forest green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The smooth silver bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Barabits Star Silver Fir is a dense evergreen tree with a strong central leader and a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

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.

Barabits Star Silver Fir is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Vertical Accent

Planting & Growing

Barabits Star Silver Fir will grow to be about 30 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in both summer and winter to conserve soil moisture and protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

 

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

 
 
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Foliage Color  Plant Form  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features