Abies koreana 'BLUE EMPEROR'

Abies koreana
Abies koreana 'BLUE EMPEROR'
dwarf Korean fir
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 1.5-3m
USUAL WIDTH 1-1.5m
LEAVES evergreen conifer
COLOUR OF LEAVES ++multicoloured:blue-green a green a silvery-blue
FLOWERS
COLOUR OF FLOWERS
BLOOMING TIME
LOCATION full to partial sun
USDA zone (lowest) 5   (down to -29°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

Blue Emperor is another showy variety of dwarf Korean fir. It was introduced by Kenwith Nursery from Devon, UK, in 2002, and boasts exquisite blue-green, glossy needles and dense growth. As every Korean fir this beauty also makes the famous purple blue cones standing erect near the ends of branches in spring and early summer. It is an evergreen conifer which, thanks to its limited size, will fit even a small garden or a patio container.

Blue Emperor forms handsome shrubs or small trees of a typical pyramidal shape with one central leader, a true miniature of a Christmas tree, when grown from seeds. When propagated by grafting it often makes a mounding shrub with more terminals. It can be pruned or clipped to desired shapes, however, owing to slow growth you will be grateful for every centimeter it has made.

Korean fir does best in filtered sun, or full sun if grown in equally moist soil that does not dry out on the hottest days of summer. For best results grow it in slightly to very acidic or neutral, well-drained, not compacted soil. It dislikes heavy clay, water-logging, and road salt. It does not mind exposed locations and severe frost. Fully hardy to min. -29°C (USDA zone 5) and suitable for outdoor pots.

Last update 24-01-2019
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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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