- Silvery, blue-green needles
- Drought tolerant
- Attractive color and shape
- Adaptability to harsh sites makes it a great urban landscape tree
- Light-colored bark
- 50' with 20' spread
- Zones 4 to 7
- Can't ship to: AK, AZ, HI
Zones 4 - 7
The White (Concolor Fir) Fir can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map.VIEW MAP
The White (Concolor Fir) Fir falls into the following type(s): Evergreens
The White (Concolor Fir) Fir grows to be 50' feet in height.
The White (Concolor Fir) Fir has a spread of about 20' at full maturity.
Slow to Medium Growth
This tree grows at a slow to medium growth rate. [More about this.]
This fir does well in full sun, partial shade.
The White (Concolor Fir) Fir grows in acidic, drought tolerant, loamy, moist, sandy, well drained soils.
This fir has pyramidal shape.
The White Fir, sometimes called Concolor Fir, is a favorite Christmas tree among discerning buyers. It is also an important timber tree in its natural range within the Sierra Mountains and the western slopes of the central Rockies. It is widely planted as a beautiful ornamental in the East. Not surprisingly, White Fir is named for its light-colored bark and the silvery or "glaucous" color of its needles.
Grouse like to eat the buds and needles, and find white fir a good roosting tree. The seeds are eaten by squirrels, rodents, chickadees, crossbills, and Clark's nutcrackers. Deer browse on seedlings, buds and needles, and porcupines gnaw on the bark.
White Fir is one of the 40 members of its genus worldwide, and nine in North America. Its common name is descriptive of the foliage, whereas its scientific name is not too helpful. "Abies" is simply the ancient Latin word for Fir trees, and "Concolor" means "together, or of one color." This wild mountain resident has no outstanding credits to its name in the lumber business. It does have commercial value and is harvested for miscellaneous products, but it is far overshadowed by its stronger woodland associates. Long ago, naturalist Donald Peattie predicted the real glory of this species. "Rather does the future of this tree lie in its value as an ornamental," he wrote in 1953. It is today a favorite for urban landscaping.
Normal moisture required; drought tolerant.
The needles of the White Fir are silvery blue to silver-green; flat; blunt; 2 to 3 inches long. (The longest of the Fir family.)
The fruit is elongated; upright; 3 to 6 inches long; dry or hard; brown.
The beautiful White (or Concolor) Fir has light-colored bark and silvery, blue-green needles. Tolerates most soils and drought. The beauty of its shape and color combined with its adaptability to harsh sites has made it a favorite for urban landscaping. Matures at 50', with a 20' spread in the home landscape. (Zones 4-7)
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Our trees are delivered with natural bare roots which have been dipped in hydrating gel prior to shipment to keep the roots moist and healthy. As their abundant, fibrous roots aren't confined by a container, bare-root trees get off to a more vigorous start compared to containerized roots which typically need more time to adjust to transplanting. Bare-root trees typically surpass the size of larger containerized trees in only a few years.