Frank P Matthews
Abies trees are ornamental evergreen conifers with silvery blue needles, often called Silver Firs. They can be slow growing at first but eventually some varieties can make large, stately trees.
Many naturally dwarf varieties are perfect for smaller gardens or rockeries. The evergreen foliage adds interest and structure in the winter. In the autumn they produce cones, some can be large and purple.
Very hardy and easy to grow, they thrive in any reasonably well-drained soil with partial shade. Good for coastal sites. Abies trees prefer to be left alone and would not benefit from any regular or structured pruning.
The White/Colorado Fir. One of the bluest firs with very silvery blue needles. A naturally smallish tree.
Small slow growing tree, neat compact habit, leaves dark green, silvery white beneath, violet purple, cylindrical cones.
Silver Fir, Horstmann's Silberlocke
A very slow growing tree with twisted leaves creating a silvery appearance. Cones develop at a young age.
Dark curly needles which have silvery undersides makes an attractive small tree. Pyramidal in growth habit.
Slow growing dwarf tree with attractive blue-greyish leaves. Suitable for a large rock garden or lawn specimen.