Abies balsamea 'NANA'

Abies balsamea
Abies balsamea 'NANA'
dwarf balsam fir
SIZE/TYPE low or groundcovering
USUAL HEIGHT 0.3-0.8m
USUAL WIDTH 0.4-1.3m
LEAVES evergreen conifer
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS insignificant or non-blooming
COLOUR OF FLOWERS
BLOOMING TIME
LOCATION full to partial sun
USDA zone (lowest) 3   (down to -40°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Conifers
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Balsam fir originates from Canada where it is a source of Canadian balsam, derived from its bark. Nana is a dwarf variety that is cultivated for its beauty, not resin.

Dwarf balsam fir is an evergreen conifer with short, deep green needles with white stomatal bands below, releasing strong balsam fragrance when crushed. It grows slowly, making outspreading branches that later form tiered effect. Some plants keep this tiered structure, other grow to a flattened globose shape. It does not produce cones.

Nana balsam fir is a beautiful conifer that requires no pruning whatsoever, we suggest leaving it to its own devices which will result in a unique habit. It is ideal for small gardens as well as those of Japanese style. It looks stunning surrounded by grey-white pebbles.

In the wild balsam fir grows in moist and almost wet sites, so it will need ample water when grown in the garden. It can take occasional waterlogging. Grow it in full sun or part shade. Thanks to its hardiness it can be placed in outdoor containers on patios and balconies - it is hardy to about -40°C (USDA zone 3).

Last update 23-02-2012
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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