Santa Lucia Fir, Bristlecone Fir, Abies venusta
|These cone-bearing evergreens, commonly called firs, are large, majestic trees. Place them in groups, singly in lawns, or in forest plantings. Their upright cones vary in color -- purple, blue, red-brown or green -- by species. The flat needles are aromatic. Firs prefer moist, cool, acid soil, and full sun. Many types need some winter chill and shelter from wind. Polluted city air hinders growth. Though firs do not require pruning, you can tip back branch ends to promote denser growth. Even large trees are transplantable.
A. bracteata bristles with stiff, sharp needles and long spiny bracts on its 4-inch cones. Smooth red-brown bark makes a pleasing contrast. Tolerates hot dry climates.
Attributes - Abies bracteata
Plant Type: Tree
Height: 60 ft. to 120 ft.
Width: 45 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Climate: Zones 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
Notes: Thrives in Dry Climates, Hot Climates. Drought Tolerant, Low Maintenance.
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