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Cultural Details for Abies cilicica

Common Name:
Cilician Fir

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Flower Details:

Fruit Details:
Female cone cylindrical, reddish brown, 15-30 cm long by 4-6 cm wide, apex bluntly pointed; scales fan-shaped, bracts hidden, 1/4-1/2 height of the scale, mucronate. Seeds reddish-brown, wing obovoid, to 2 cm long.

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Bark Details:
Bark ash-grey, smooth, becoming deeply fissured into scaly plates. Branchlets smooth, reddish yellow-grey to olive-brown, with scattered pubescence.

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Native Habitat:
E Turkey: Antitaurus Mtns.; N Syria; Lebanon; at 1000-2100 m elevation. Subspecies isaurica endemic to Turkey: the Isaurian Taurus

Other Features:
This beautiful species eventually forms a narrow conical or pyramidal tree with ashy gray bark and bright green needles, similar to the commonly planted Abies nordmanniana. Native to calcareous, limestone-based rocky soils with hot dry summers.

Culture and Care:
Sun to light shade; moist, well drained soil

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.