Fir Tree in Central Texas Zone 8
I was wonering if a Fir tree would work where I live. I dont believe I've ever seen one here (except on a christams tree lot) so I think that the conventional wisdom is "no". But then again - I'm not conventionally wise.
I live in Central Texas, which is zone 8. And I'm not thinking of the plain species tree, rather a cultivated dwarf or intermediate. It could be a container plant on the back patio, or in a bed in the front yard in part sun -or full sun but not in the sun during the hottest part of the day.
I know the concolor does pretty well in heat, but Id be pushing it. I saw a reference to abies firma being good for the southeast - so it would probably be better for me. Although my climate is a little different than the States / areas I think of as the 'Southeast'. It is less humid, less rainfall than say Houston, just 3 hours to the east. But not nearly as arid as the southwest. Sometimes its wet and humid, but we do get periods of significant drought. But I dont stop watering the lawn and garden just because we're having a drought or running out of water.
Problem is - I dont think there are very many cultivated varities of the Japanese Fir that Im interested in - none as far as I can see. Does anyone know of one that is compact, globose, or mounding - dwarf or intermediate?
Or could I push the limits of the abies concolor heat and humidity tolerance. Or just scrap this plan alltogether?