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Blue Spanish fir is one of the most striking conifers in existence. Abies pinsapo is native to southern Spain and Morocco where it grows at high elevation. Its extraordinary needles are short, rigid, arranged radially around the branchlets and, most interestingly, are frosty blue and waxy. But in addition to the foliage, which is a year-round asset, there are also amazing raspberry-purple cones that are dazzling against the smokey-blue needles. Typical of firs, the cones are offered upright on the branches and are very eye-catching. These cones mature to brown and at maturity, disintegrate, releasing the seeds.
Blue Spanish fir tree is a narrow cone that matures to a broader pyramidal form. This handsome tree makes an impressive center-piece for medium to large-scale properties and the color works well with plants having darker green foliage.
Blue Spanish fir can grow as much as a foot a year and eventually reaches 50 to 75 tall, though in the wilds it often exceeds 100 feet. It is more disease resistant than many other blue conifers and performs best in full sun where it is drought tolerant once established. It will do well in acidic or alkaline soils but must have good drainage. Unfortunately, Blue Spanish fir has a narrow range of climate adaptability. It doesn't tolerate extremes of cold or heat. It is fully hardy throughout the UK and New Zealand but in the US it will not tolerate the moist heat of the Deep South or the severe winters of the upper mid-west and Canada. In North America it is best adapted to the mountainous west.

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