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Abies concolor 'Compacta'

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
A-bees KON-kol-or
Description

This is a cultivar of Abies concolor and it is a small tree or shrub with a dense, compact mound with crowded upright branches.  It is heat and drought tolerant but does not tolerate heavy clay soils.  Branching can be irregular which can produce an odd-looking plant in the landscape so pruning to maintain shape is necessary.  It grows very slowly 2 to 3.5 inches a year. Its long blue needles provide excellent contrast in the landscape to greener leaved plants.  It thrives in areas with warm summers and cold winters.  It works well planted in a rock garden or even a container.  

Insects Diseases and Other Plant Problems:  Relatively problem free.

Cultivars:
Tags:
#evergreen#full sun#heat tolerant#blue#drought tolerant#light shade#gray#compact#blue needles#small shrub#conifer#bright green#mounding#blue-green#gray-blue
Cultivars:
Tags:
#evergreen#full sun#heat tolerant#blue#drought tolerant#light shade#gray#compact#blue needles#small shrub#conifer#bright green#mounding#blue-green#gray-blue
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Abies
    Species:
    concolor
    Family:
    Pinaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    USA, Mexico
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Rarely browsed by deer.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 6 in. - 2 ft. 6 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 6 in. - 3 ft. 6 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Tree
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Mounding
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Coarse
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    3 feet-6 feet
    NC Region:
    Mountains
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Purple/Lavender
    Fruit Description:
    Upright brown-purple cones appear on the branches after the plant is a decade old.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Prickly
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Long-lasting
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Needles
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    This plant has attractive, powder-blue, sickle-shaped needles. The needles can be a blue-green, bright green, or gray-blue.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Small Space
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Formal English Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Border
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Heat