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Silver Show Korean Fir

Abies koreana 'Silver Show'

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Silver Show Korean Fir (Abies koreana 'Silver Show') at Kennedy's Country Gardens

Silver Show Korean Fir foliage

Silver Show Korean Fir foliage

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Silver Show Korean Fir (Abies koreana 'Silver Show') at Kennedy's Country Gardens

Silver Show Korean Fir

Silver Show Korean Fir

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  7 feet

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a


A beautifully visual fir tree with rich green and silver recurved needles and a stately dwarf pyramidal form; a wonderful accent tree for home landscapes

Ornamental Features

Silver Show Korean Fir is a dwarf conifer which is primarily valued in the landscape or garden for its distinctively pyramidal habit of growth. It has attractive dark green foliage with silver undersides. The recurved needles are highly ornamental and remain dark green throughout the winter. The purple fruits are held in cones from late summer to late winter. The smooth gray bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Silver Show Korean Fir is an open multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Silver Show Korean Fir is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Vertical Accent
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Silver Show Korean Fir will grow to be about 7 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It has a low canopy, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in sandy soils. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Articulation  Garden 
Fruit  Foliage Color  Plant Form  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features