Silver Fir, abies alba

Silver Fir, abies alba
Item# DA-silverfir
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Product Description

Inventory as of Feb. 1, 2018: 1500 Seeds

Seed Specifications: Purity - 100%; Projected Germination Rate - 56%; Where Harvested (location) - Poland

The Silver Fir or European Silver Fir is a fir native to the mountains of Europe, where it intergrades with the closely related Bulgarian Fir. It is a large evergreen coniferous tree growing to 130-160 feet tall and with a trunk diameter of up to 4 feet. It occurs at altitudes of 900-5500 feet. The leaves are needle-like, flattened, glossy dark green above, and with two greenish-white bands on the bottom side. The tip of the leaf is usually slightly notched at the tip. The cones are 3-6 inches long, with about 150-200 scales, each scale with an exserted bract and two winged seeds; they disintegrate when mature to release the seeds. Silver Fir is used as a Christmas tree. The wood is moderately soft and white, used for general construction and paper manufacture. The Silver Fir is cold hardy to USDA zone 5.

Suggested Planting Instructions:

Scarfication: Soak in water for 48 hours, change water each day. Stratification: Cold stratify for 30 days, some seeds may germinate during stratification. Germination: Sow seed 3/8" deep, press seed into the soil, cover seed, mulch the seed bed. Other: Fall sowing in mulched beds is often prefered to artificial stratification.