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Abies nebrodensis–anyone growing this species? (1 Replies)

Posted January 18, 2015 at 8:49 pm

I am curious to know if anyone is growing Abies nebrodensis (Sicilian Fir) in USDA hardiness zones 6 or lower. Also, does anyone know if the germination requirements for seed of this species differ in any significant way from Abies alba? Thanks.

-Robert Dowell

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Posted January 24, 2015 at 4:48 pm

The Holden Arboretum has one tree originally obtained as seed in December 1956 from the Arboretum des Barres, Loiret, France. It had slight winter burn to its foliage after the winter in the spring of 2014 and in 1994. It measured 62 feet tall, 29.7 inches DBH, 41 feet wide in 2014; and in 1994 it was 44′, 14.5″, 24′. It bears light green cones that turn brownish when ripe in October and the male strobili are yellowish-green in May. I provided the ACS Seed Exchange with a packet a few years back, but the seedlings are likely to be hybrids. The parent tree may also be a hybrid as it was likely to have been collected from a tree in cultivation with other species of Abies in the immediate vicinity. Abies nebrodensis was thought to have been extirpated from the wild until 23 mature trees were rediscovered in 1957 in a valley between Quacella and Scalone peaks in Sicily.

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