European Silver Fir

Abies alba Pinaceae

Other names

Silver Fir

Growth habit


Native distribution

Central & Southern Europe: Mtns, Pyrenees to Ardennes, Central Italy & Northern Bulgaria.


Conifer Slope

Source of plant

Treehaven Evergreen Nursery, Claude Heit


To 60m; crown regular; bark grey, square-plated when mature; branches whorled, level or slightly ascending; shoots light grey or brown, brown-pubescent; buds ovoid-conic, occasionally resinous; leaves in 2 pectinate ranks, 2-3.5cm, upper ranks smaller, 1-2cm, pointing toward shoot apex; leaf apex rounded or notched, shiny, stomatal bands dull white; cones subsessile, erect, cylindric, 10-18 x 3-3.5cm, bronzed green, becoming brown; scales to 3cm wide, tomentose, bracts exserted and reflexed.

USDA Hardiness Zone