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Abies amabilis 'Spreading Star' (Pacific silver fir 'Spreading Star')

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
1m
Max height
2.5m
Max spread
20-50 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Abies amabilis 'Spreading Star'

Other names

Pacific silver fir 'Spreading Star'

Genus

Abies Abies

Variety or Cultivar

'Spreading Star' _ 'Spreading Star' is a prostrate, spreading, evergreen, coniferous tree with radially arranged, linear, square-tipped, silvery-blue to blue-green leaves, silvery-white beneath. Pink or purple flushed cones in spring ripen brown.


Abies amabilis 'Spreading Star' is: Evergreen

Habit

Prostrate, Spreading

Foliage

Blue-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Adelgids , Aphids Adelgids , Aphids

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Pruning

No pruning is needed.

Propagation

Stratify seed for 21 days to encourage germination.

Propagation methods

Grafting, Seed


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Where to grow

Abies amabilis 'Spreading Star' (Pacific silver fir 'Spreading Star') will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 2.5m after 20-50 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, City, Drought Tolerant, Low Maintenance, Specimen tree

Cultivation

Prefers moist but well-drained, slightly acidic soil but will tolerate alkaline and drier soils.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

We do not currently have companion plants added for this plant.

Botanical name

Abies amabilis 'Spreading Star'

Other names

Pacific silver fir 'Spreading Star'

Genus

Abies Abies

Variety or Cultivar

'Spreading Star' _ 'Spreading Star' is a prostrate, spreading, evergreen, coniferous tree with radially arranged, linear, square-tipped, silvery-blue to blue-green leaves, silvery-white beneath. Pink or purple flushed cones in spring ripen brown.

Native to

Garden origin

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Prostrate, Spreading


Colour

Foliage

Blue-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Adelgids , Aphids

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Pruning

No pruning is needed.

Propagation

Stratify seed for 21 days to encourage germination.

Propagation methods

Grafting, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Abies amabilis 'Spreading Star' (Pacific silver fir 'Spreading Star') will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 2.5m after 20-50 years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, City, Drought Tolerant, Low Maintenance, Specimen tree

Cultivation

Prefers moist but well-drained, slightly acidic soil but will tolerate alkaline and drier soils.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Abies amabilis 'Spreading Star' (Pacific silver fir 'Spreading Star')

Common pest name

Scientific pest name

Ips subelongatus

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

5

General biosecurity comments

Pest of conifers with EU regulation helping to mitigate against the entry on conifer wood from non-European sources. Also present in European Russia with a similar range to Ips typographus; for which the UK has a protected zone with requirements on conifer wood.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Abies amabilis 'Spreading Star' (Pacific silver fir 'Spreading Star')

Common pest name

Dothistroma needle blight; Red band needle blight

Scientific pest name

Dothistroma septosporum

Type

Fungus

Current status in UK

Present (Limited)

Likelihood to spread in UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

5

General biosecurity comments

Fungal pest of pine; already present in UK of particular concern in Scotland

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Abies amabilis 'Spreading Star' (Pacific silver fir 'Spreading Star')

Common pest name

Bud worm; western black-headed; Western black-headed budworm

Scientific pest name

Acleris gloverana

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

1

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

5

General biosecurity comments

Effectively mitigated by current regulations prohibiting imports of the hosts from the country of origin.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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