I need some ID help on some cool plants, (calling the experts!)

firefightergardener(7/8)February 25, 2012

Some new Winter acquisitions, I could really use ID's or verifications for these plants. Some I am fairly sure of, others I am shooting from the hip.

Abies balsamea 'Piccolo' Looks NOTHING like 'Piccolo'. Maybe even Abies lasiocarpa??


Abies fraseri 'Fastigiata Compacta'... Seems doubtful.

Another unknown fir. I have about five firs that are completely unknown. No one seems to have a clue, sometimes even of their species. This is one of them.

Abies koreana 'Glauca'. 'Blauer Pfiff'? Or just a blue seedling?

Abies koreana 'Green Compact'. Same as 'Compacta'? Sure looks different.

Thanks in advance you knowledgable conifer studs/studettes.


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ken_adrian Adrian MI cold Z5

that blauer pfiff.. makes me want to ask if that is untrimmed understock with a tiny graft under that rubberband ...

but one would suspect you would know to look for that..

did you change your name... ... or did we just sat calling you FFB???

not FFG???


    Bookmark   February 25, 2012 at 5:04PM
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Your Abies balsamea 'Piccolo' looks okay to me.

Abies fraseri 'Fastigiata Compacta' - this is likely the result of propagation of a side branch (tertiary, horizontal, rather than secondary vertical) and would be considered a cultivariant. It should develop a leader within a few years.

Unknown fir: look up Abies forrestii

Abies koreana 'Glauca' - could be 'Glauca' - do you have a spring/early summer photo, would be easier to make a guess.

Abies koreana 'Green Compact' is likely the same as 'Compact Dwarf'



    Bookmark   February 25, 2012 at 8:00PM
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Abies balsamea 'Piccolo' always seems to backwards facing needles, yours seems to have swept forward needles. Nearer Koreana looks.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2012 at 10:29PM
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monkeytreeboy15(Zone 7b/8a)

I agree with Brent.
Your unknown fir bears a striking resemblance to the "unknown fir" I recently asked about. And the universal consensus was that it was either Abies forrestii or Abies forrestii var. georgei. So that would be my guess on that one.

Your 'Piccolo' does look much like Abies lasiocarpa to me also..


    Bookmark   February 26, 2012 at 12:34AM
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Yes, your Abies balsamea "Piccolo" are 1Abies lasiocarpa.
Your Abies fraseri 'Fastigiata Compacta'look also Abies lasiocarpa.
The 3th plant probably 1 abies delavay group.
Abies koreana 'Glauca'. 'Blauer Pfiff' probably right.
Abies koreana 'Green Compact'. Same as 'Compacta'? unknow for me.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2012 at 2:42AM
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