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Keteleeria davidiana is often confused with:
Abies alba Abies alba mature tree
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Ulmus alata Ulmus alata
Abies alba Abies alba mature tree
Sequoiadendron giganteum Sequoiadendron giganteum

Keteleeria davidiana

Phonetic Spelling
ket-el-LEER-ee-ah duh-vid-ee-AN-uh
Description

Tie Jian Shan is a large evergreen tree in the pine family with medium green needles and an upright or oval habit.  It is found along mountain slopes or in woodlands growing in small groups or solitary.  Plant in full sun in sandy or loamy soils with good drainage.  This tree suffers in the shade but tolerates heat and dry soils well.  When it is young it resembles Abies alba.

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Tags:
#evergreen#heat tolerant#large tree#slow growing#conifer#needled evergreen#wind pollinated#evergreen tree#dry soils tolerant#woodlands
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#heat tolerant#large tree#slow growing#conifer#needled evergreen#wind pollinated#evergreen tree#dry soils tolerant#woodlands
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Keteleeria
    Species:
    davidiana
    Family:
    Pinaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    China, Taiwan
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Oval
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Description:
    Seeds ripen in fall.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Description:
    Flowers appear in March and are wind pollinated.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Dark shiny green 2 1/2" long ending keeled on both sides, entire, rounded at the apex.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Black
    Dark Brown
    Dark Gray
    Surface/Attachment:
    Scaly
    Bark Description:
    Dull brown to gray-black
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Buds:
    Scaly
    Stem Surface:
    Hairy (pubescent)
    Stem Description:
    Buds are scaly and red in the spring. Stems are slender covered in stiff brown hairs.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Slope/Bank
    Woodland
    Design Feature:
    Shade Tree
    Small groups
    Specimen
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Dry Soil
    Heat