Abies alba ‘Pendula’ – The European Silver Fir is a large growing conifer having dark green needles and two silver stripes on the underside. The weeping form, ‘Pendula’, is a large grower as well, growing 12 or more inches per year. It requires staking to the desired height of the grower. It will weep strongly, forming a narrow pyramid and having a skirt of branches where they hit the ground. This plant does well in sun or part shade and should be treated as a nice accent in the landscape.
Abies balsamea ‘Nana’- This dwarf balsam fir is perfect for a rock garden setting with partial shade. It has dark green needles with silver-blue stripes on the underside and grows in a nest like shape. With a growth rate of 2-3 inches a year, it will mature between 1 to 2 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide. Good drainage is best, although not critical and an acidic soil is ideal.
Abies concolor ‘Glenmore’– ‘Glenmore’ is an upright pyramidal form of White Fir with exceptionally bright silver-blue needles. It can grow up to 12 inches yearly and can reach an ultimate height of 30 feet. Give this conifer plenty of room in a lawn or large landscape planting that has plenty of sun. Good drainage is also essential for this specimen.
Abies koreana ‘Aurea’– The Golden Korean Fir will slowly develop in an upright, pyramidal plant with lemon-yellow new growth tips. The upright, blue-purple cones develop at a young age and offer a striking contrast to the yellow needles. This conifer does well in a lightly shaded setting, so look for it to cheerily brighten up its spot. Good drainage is required for the Golden Fir to flourish.
Abies koreana ‘Silberlocke’– Formerly known as and sometimes still listed as ‘Horstmann’s Silberlocke’, this strikingly beautiful conifer grows into a medium-sized pyramidal tree. The needles curl tightly against the branches showing the bright silver undersides. Add to that the upright purple cones in spring, this fine fir belongs in any garden. Plant in full sun and provide good drainage.
Abies lasiocarpa ‘Arizonica Glauca’ - A large growing tree that is a stunning rich blue color, treat this tree as a specimen in an open area. Arizona Fir or sometimes Corkbark Fir does best in a well-drained soil and full sun. Extremely cold hardy and disease resistant, this tree can be a great substitute for Colorado spruce.
Abies lasiocarpa ‘Arizonica Glauca Compacta’ – Similar to its larger counterpart described above, this beauty does not need the same space. It has gray-blue needles, resinous brown buds in the winter, and then an eye-popping silver-blue new growth. The growth rate is 3 to 6 inches annually, with a mature height from 12 to 15 feet.
Abies nordmanniana ‘Golden Spreader’ – Golden Spreader is sure to brighten any shady garden, especially in winter against a snowy backdrop. Since it may burn in full sun, plant this dwarf conifer in a lightly shaded spot in the rock garden. It grows for years as a flat-topped bun at a rate of up to 3 inches per year. In the event a leader develops, either remove it or let the plant grow into a broad, squat pyramid. Give this dwarf good drainage.