Abies alba Mill.

Silver Fir, European Silver Fir



Photo credit: Original from Descr. Pinus courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library - (provided by Missouri Botanical Garden) modified to provide labels.


Family: Pinaceae

Genus: Abies

Category: Tree - Evergreen

Zones: 4 to 6

Growth Rate: Slow


Smooth gray bark when young. Leaves around 1" long, notched at the apex, dark shiny green above with 2 white glaucous bands below. Cylindrical cones to 6" long.


Native to Europe and introduced to Britain in 1603.

Published in Gard. Dict. ed. 7 110: 2 in 1759.

Synonym Pinus picea L. - also published in Descr. Pinus In Siberia, where this species is very abundant, it seems to delight in flat aqueous situations, so much so, that a forest of Silver Firs, as Gmelin states, is considered by the Tartar hordes as a sure indication of good springs being at hand.


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