2 – 3 Litre Pot
- RHS: Award of Garden Merit
- Position: Full sun, partial shade
- Soil: Moist, well drained
- Growth Rate: Slow
- Hardiness: H7
- Eventual Height: 0.5 – 1m
- Eventual Spread: 1 – 1.5m
Abies Golden Spreader, also known as ‘Caucasian Fir’ and holder of the prestigious RHS Award of Garden Merit, is a slow-growing evergreen tree that belongs to the Pinaceae family. It is a dwarf variety of the Noble Fir and is a popular landscaping plant due to its attractive golden-yellow foliage and compact size.
It typically grows to a height of 1 metre and a spread of 1.5 metres. Its growth habit is mounding or spreading, with a flattened top and dense branching. The needles are glossy and stiff, measuring about 2cm in length. They are arranged in a spiral pattern around the branches and are a bright golden-yellow colour, making this tree a standout in the landscape. The needles are retained for 5 to 7 years before dropping.
This variety produces cones that are erect and cylindrical, measuring up to 13cm in length. They are green when young, but turn brown as they mature. The cones are typically found in the upper branches of the tree. It is a slow-growing tree that typically adds 5 to 10 cm of height per year. It has a moderate growth rate when it is young, but becomes slower as it ages.
In summary, this is a slow-growing, compact evergreen tree with attractive golden-yellow foliage. It is hardy in a wide range of climates and is a popular choice for landscaping and bonsai.
How to care for your Abies Golden Spreader
- Soil: Prefers moist, well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. Amend the soil with compost or other organic matter before planting.
- Watering: The tree prefers moderate moisture and should be watered regularly during the growing season. Avoid overwatering, as it can lead to root rot.
- Fertiliser: Apply a slow-release fertiliser in early Spring. Do not fertilise during the late Summer or Autun, as it can stimulate new growth that may not have time to harden off before Winter.
- Pruning: Abies Golden Spreader requires minimal pruning. Remove any dead or damaged branches as they appear. Avoid pruning the central leader or main stem.
- Mulch: Apply a layer of mulch around the base of the tree to help retain moisture and suppress weeds.
- Winter Protection: It is hardy, but it may benefit from Winter protection in colder climates. Apply a layer of mulch around the base of the tree, and wrap the tree to protect it from harsh winds and frost.
By following these simple steps, you can ensure that your Abies Golden Spreader remains healthy and beautiful for years to come.