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Cultural Details for Abies lasiocarpa var. arizonica

Common Name:
Blue Cork Bark Fir, Arizona Rocky Mountain Fir

Growth Rate:
Slow

Average Mature Height:
20-40', forms a narrow pyramid

Average Mature Width:
15-25'

Flower Details:
Monoecious; male cones bluish and borne beneath the leaves; female cones purple and borne upright near the top of the crown

Fruit Details:
Oblong cylindric, 2-4" dark purple cones

Fall Color:
Evergreen (rich blue-green) needles are distinctly emarginated, pectinate, and whiter beneath.

Bark Details:
Thick corky creamy white bark.

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
Not extensively troubled with disease and insect pests in landscape plantings.

Native Habitat:
Introduced 1901. The species from Alaska to Oregon, Utah and northern New Mexico.

Other Features:
Abies lasiocarpa var. Arizonica is a smaller variety of Rocky Mountain Fir forming a rich blue-green, narrow pyramid.

Culture and Care:
Zone 5-7; Found at high altitudes in northern Arizona and New Mexico but has been grown in the Midwest

This plant was blooming:

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets. www.ces.ncsu.edu
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database. www.hort.uconn.edu