Abies numidica 'GLAUCA'

Abies numidica
Abies numidica  'GLAUCA'
Blue Algerian fir
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 1.5-3m
USUAL WIDTH
LEAVES evergreen conifer
COLOUR OF LEAVES silvery-blue
FLOWERS insignificant or non-blooming
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
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Algerian blue fir is a show-stopper. This fir comes from Alger and Morocco and the original species is a large tree. This variety, however, is blue and dwarf.

The needles are short and stiff, and densely cover the branches. Their colour is deep green with rich, silvery blue stripes making a striking blue overall appearance. It grows very slowly, making short branches. Its usual size is 1.5-3m, specimens in warmer parts of Europe can experience double the size.

It likes light, medium fertile, slightly acidic soil that remains moist. The best location is light shade or filtered sun, but if sufficiently mulched it can grow in full sun, too. It likes warmth and will suffer in draft so avoid windy places and do not plant it in cold, mountainous resorts. Fully hardy to USDA zone 6 (-25°C), possibly more.

Last update 16-02-2008.

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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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