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Abies koreana Silberlocke


Korean Fir

Blue/green foliage with silver underside

A small bushy tree with attractive purple cones and dark green needle-like leaves densely packed on the branches. The leaves curl upwards to show their silvery bottoms, hence the name - Silberlocke means silver curl in German.


A cool, sheltered spot in full sun suits this fir best. It can be planted alone to create a focal point or use it to create a screen.


Korean fir enjoys slightly acid, moist but well-drained, fertile soil. Unhappy in soil that gets waterlogged. Add goodness to the soil by digging in planting compost.

Introduced into cultivation by the German plantsman Gunter Horstmann in 1986.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Conifer
Foliage colour
Typically available January - December
Season of interest Spring, Winter
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 250 cm - 400 cm
Plant width 100 cm - 150 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 110 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H7

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Medium
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

Additional Information for Fruit, Veg and Bulbs

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Fruiting March - May

Typically available

From January to December