Abies amabilis (Douglas) J.Forbes

Pacific Fir

Conical tree to about 20 m tall in nature but generally cultivated in south-eastern Australia as the low ground-cover cultivar listed below. Shoots covered with a pale brown layer of hair. Buds about 3 mm long, spherical, resinous. Leaves about 25-40 mm long, 2 mm wide with two white bands below, parted on stem below, pointing forwards above, smelling of citrus when crushed; tips notched. Cone about 15 cm long, 5 cm wide, cylindric, violet becoming brown.

Grows naturally from sea level to high mountains at alt. c. 2000 m.

W North America (British Columbia to California).

Small, resinous buds; leaves not parted on top of the shoot; smelling of citrus when crushed.

Source: Spencer, R. (1995). Pinaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 1, Ferns, conifers & their allies. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

Abies amabilis 'Silver Spreader'

A graft of a side-shoot that produces a low groundcover to about 1 m high. It may revert to the typical form. Origin unknown.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Pinopsida
order     Pinales
family      Pinaceae
genus       Abies Mill.