Why the Concolor Fir?
Useful and so elegant, Concolor Fir is an exquisite evergreen tree that can be employed as a premium privacy screen, a handsome windbreak, or simply as a regal specimen in your landscape. However you use it, it will shine all year-round with its blue-dusted needles and its neat, pyramidal shape. Robins and other songbirds like Concolor Fir, too, for the shelter it provides, and a family may take up residence in the safety of its branches. After many years, the seeds will feed local wildlife as well. A wonderful western native that is also suitable for midwestern and northeastern gardens.
The spirit of the West! Concolor Fir is a majestic evergreen tree that you’re sure to see while on vacation in Colorado Springs or at Yosemite National Park in California. A major component of the coniferous forests of the Rockies and Sierra Nevada, it is an iconic resident of the West. It stands tall and proud, with rugged, furrowed bark and graceful branches clothed in fragrant, blue-green or blue needles that are soft to the touch. Concolor Fir is also known as White Fir or Silver Fir because of the glaucous, pale coating on its needles. Think of it as a Blue Spruce you can hug!
How to use in the landscape?
Concolor Fir is sometimes grown as a Christmas Tree. With is strong branches, beautiful bluish color, and citrus scent, it’s a pleasure to decorate during the holidays. You can use yours as an outdoor Christmas Tree that will get more impressive each year!
Hardiness Zone: 4-7
Mature Height: 30-50' tall
Mature Width: 15-20' wide
Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
Spacing: 15-20' apart
How To Plant
Unlike most other Fir Trees native to the western states, Concolor Fir is quite adaptable, and can be grown successfully in the Northeast and Midwest (it may struggle in the Deep South). Give it full sun if possible (it will survive in light shade) and soil that drains well. Heavy clay generally spells trouble with this species.
How To Water
Once established, Concolor Fir gets by on minimal water, but irrigation during dry spells will speed growth. Constantly wet soil, however, will shorten its life. This tree does not appreciate “wet feet.” Otherwise, problems are few.
How To Fertilize
Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.
How To Prune
Due to its slow growth rate, the Concolor Fir rarely needs to be pruned. However, if pruning is needed to help maintain the pyramidal shape, do so in early Spring, before new growth begins to emerge.
Hardiness Zones: 4-7