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Abies balsamea Nana

Dwarf Balsam Fir

Bright flush of new leaves in spring

A superb, easy to grow hardy dwarf conifer with a neat round shape and dense, fresh green needle-like leaves all year round.


This little fir grows slowly without any fuss, making it perfect for rock gardens and containers in light shade with some protection from hot summer sun.


Dwarf balsam fir enjoys moist, fertile soil. Add goodness to the soil by digging in planting compost. If planting in a container use a good quality potting compost. Water regularly during hot dry weather.

Balsam firs are native to North America, and historically used by native Americans for a range of medicinal purposes.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Conifer
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available January - December
Season of interest Spring, Summer
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 50 cm - 60 cm
Plant width 80 cm - 100 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 20 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H7

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Loam, Light sand
Light exposure Part shade, Full sun
Soil drainage Medium, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Patio container, Gravel garden, Rock garden, City garden, Courtyard garden

Typically available

From January to December