We're always on the lookout for unique and interesting trees and shrubs, and it always pleases us to find a quality plant that will really stand out in your landscape. Our Korean Fir 'Horstmann's Silberlocke' (Abies koreana 'Horstmann's Silberlocke') is definitely one of those plants. Korean Fir is a real show-stopper, featuring dark green needles that are recurved back to show the bright, silvery-white undersides, making the irregular branches almost seem to glow. It produces many cones that sit upright on the branches and are an eye-catching steel-blue with hints of violet. These cones take several months to mature, meaning you get these interesting accents on your tree for much of the year. This particular selection of Korean Fir is exciting, because, as natives of the high mountains of Korea, most Korean Firs do not do well in warmer climates. Horstmann's Silberlocke, on the other hand, is noteworthy for its ability to tolerate the heat all the way to zone 9.
If you are looking for a quick growing tree, Korean Fir is not for you. It is an unusually slow-growing conifer. However, the beautiful growth of this unusual plant is more than worth the wait for a majestic tree, and it is stunning almost from day one. Several of my coworkers are already finding planting spots on their landscapes for this exciting Abeis koreana.