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Abies recurvata ID help

Posted by monkeytreeboy15 Zone 7b/8a (My Page) on
Thu, Jun 14, 12 at 15:53

I purchased this tree labeled Abies squamata, but some of you knowledgable people said it was actually Abies recurvata. I just wanted to verify that it is indeed Abies recurvata. This tree has a very open habit and incredibly stiff and sharp needles that are arranged very symmetrically on the branches.
Abies recurvata
Abies recurvata
Abies recurvata

Also, I already have a plant in the collection named Abies recurvata var. ernestii, and this plant has softer, more blunt needles that are a dark, glossy green color. The tree has a more dense growth habit compared to the alleged Abies recurvata also.
Abies recurvata var. ernestii
Abies recurvata var. ernestii
Abies recurvata var. ernestii

Thank you for lending your opinion in accurately identifying these two trees.

-Sam


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RE: Abies recurvata ID help

I have no real knowledge to offer but your photos are beautiful!


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RE: Abies recurvata ID help

Yep, Abies recurvata for sure.

Resin


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RE: Abies recurvata ID help

Thank you for your valuable assurance, Resin.

Could you explain to me what the differences are between Abies recurvata and its variant ernestii that makes it a unique variant? Thanks!

-Sam


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RE: Abies recurvata ID help

Not a lot of difference - var. ernestii has slightly longer needles (to 3.5 cm; vs. to 3 cm in the type) and a greater tendency to have needles with bifid tips on vigorous shoots. It comes from the southern end of the species' range; they probably intergrade extensively where they meet.

Resin


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