Abies numidica

Abies numidica
Abies numidica 
Alegrian fir
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized tree
USUAL HEIGHT 6-15m
USUAL WIDTH 2-4m
LEAVES evergreen conifer
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS
COLOUR OF FLOWERS
BLOOMING TIME
LOCATION full to partial sun
USDA zone (lowest) 6   (down to -23°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
Conifers
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Algerian fir is a beautiful conifer from North Africa (Algiers, Morocco) and is widely cultivated in South Europe (the Mediterranean). It is very tolerant to drought, heat, and poor soil but very sensitive to pollution and long-lasting frost under -23°C.

The needles are short and stiff, and densely cover the branches. Their colour is deep green with silvery stripes at margins. Its natural habit is narrowly conical with tiered, almost horizontal branches which droop slightly with age and weight. It grows very slowly and its common garden size is 6 to 8 meters, while in its natural habitat it can make more than twice as much.

It will thrive in light, medium fertile, slightly acidic soil that remains moist but will be perfectly drained. Still it will grow in much less favourable conditions including chalky ground. It loves full sun and heat, therefore we suggest avoiding exposed and windy locations as well as cold, mountainous resorts and frost pockets. It can take short spells of -23°C (USDA zone 6) but prefers warmer winters. It will love being placed in large rockeries where stones absorbing day heat will release their warmth to the soil at night.

Last update 05-02-2018.
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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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