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PACIFIC SILVER FIR
Abies amabilis

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Photo Locations: Regional Parks Botanic Garden, Tilden Regional Park - Berkeley, CA

General Notes

Most productive in moist, well-drained, deep soils. Grows to over 100 feet in height in the wild, but much shorter in gardens.

Has fragrant Bark and Leaf.

Native to Western Coast United States.

Family: Pinaceae

Additional Common Names

PACIFIC SILVER FIR, CASCADE FIR, AMABILIS FIR

Tree Characteristics

Erect or Spreading and requires ample growing space.

Conical Shape.

Has Evergreen foliage.

Height: 20 - 50 feet.

Width: 12 - 15 feet.

Growth Rate: 12 to 24 Inches per Year.

Longevity Greater than 150 years.

Leaves Needle, Blue Green or Dark Green, No Change, Evergreen.

Flowers Inconspicuous. Purple or Red. Flowers in Spring. Has separate male and female flowers on the same tree (monoecious).

Black or Purple Cone, Very Large (Over 3.00 inches), fruiting in Fall, Winter or Summer.

Bark Light Gray or Red Brown, Fissured.

Shading Capacity Rated as Very Dense in Leaf.

Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 3 - 7 and 15 - 17.

USDA Hardiness Zones 6 - 8.

Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.

Moist but Well Drained Soil.

Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.

Highly Acidic to Neutral Soil pH.

Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.

Pests & Disease Information

Susceptible to Aphids and Beetle Borers, Oak Root Rot, Root Rot, Rust and White Pine Blister Rust.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Branch Strength Rated as Medium.

Root Damage Potential Rated as High.

Allergy Health Hazard.

Fire Resistance is Unfavorable.

Desirable Wildlife Plant.

Attracts Birds and Squirrels.

Not Deer Palatable.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Abies amabilis Tree Record." 1995-2017. Dec 11, 2017.
< http://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/abies-amabilis >

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