Abies koreana ‘Silberlocke’

If you are looking for a festive evergreen that looks like it has come pre-decorated with snow and ornaments…try Abies koreana ‘Silberlocke’ (also known as Horstmann’s Silberlocke and Silver Snow).  When I first saw this small evergreen tree (15-20′ at maturity), in a conifer garden it mystified me–I didn’t know what it was and I thought it was very interesting and beautiful–it stood out among all of the other evergreens.

In high summer it looked cool as a snowy winter day.  It is  hardy to USDA Zone 5.  Add super cool purple cones that are held upright on its irregular branching structure to the interesting curling needles with their shimmering undersides and you have a knockout small evergreen.  I think it’s the perfect holiday tree for any small garden–full of structural and textural interest.

Shimmering curling needles

Ornament like cones

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4 Responses to Abies koreana ‘Silberlocke’

  1. Katie says:

    Love! Thank you for sharing all of your great finds with us. . .my head’s been in the keyboard. I rely on your eagle eye to find the good stuff right now.

    Glad to be of help! I love to hunt and gather for my readers…–s

  2. Susan, This is one of my favorite conifers. We saw a stunning little specimen at O’Brien’s in CT during our tweet-up in the summer. It was the subject of many, many photos that day. You’ve gotta love those cones!

    The first time I saw one I thought it was diseased! The curling discolored needles and all that. Now I know better!–s

  3. personally I am not very conifer oriententated especially conifers that have this kind of conical shape, but I did not know this one and can appreciate that it is in a league of its own! always good to be brought to see things in a new light!

    I’m also not very conifer oriented. Sometimes ones like Picea orentalis ‘Skylands’ or this will catch my eye, but they’re not my go-to plants.–s

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