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Cultural Details for Abies homolepis

Common Name:
Nikko Fir

Growth Rate:

Average Mature Height:
30-50' under cultivation, 100-130 in native habitat

Average Mature Width:

Flower Details:
Monoecious flowers of no ornamental value

Fruit Details:
Cones cylindrical, 4-5" long, green in youth and pale brown when mature.

Fall Color:

Bark Details:
Trunk simple, rarely forked; bark usually smooth, thin on young trees, often thick and furrowed at the base on old trees

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

Native Habitat:
Japan. Introduced 1861

Other Features:
Great formal beauty that has prospered in Bernheim Arboretum, Clermont, KY. Worth trying in Midwest.

Culture and Care:
Moist, well-drained, acid soil and high atmospheric moisture coupled with cooler temperatures. Transplant in spring using B&B or small container plants. Propagate by seed. Cuttings have been rooted but percentages low. Do not tolerate air pollution

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.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.