Abies concolor 'Blue Cloak' / Blue Cloak white fir

Abies concolor 'Blue Cloak' is a dense, semi-pendulous selection of white fir with thin, soft-blue needles. It forms a strong, upward leader surrounded by gently-weeping or pendant branches. This plant performs best growing in full sun and well-drained soil. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will be 7 feet (2 m) tall and 4 feet (1.3 m) wide, a rate of growth of around 8 inches (20 cm) per year.

The origin of this cultivar is speculative. It is thought to have originated as a seedling selected in the late 1990s, by the University of Michigan for its unique form.

Abies concolor 'Blue Cloak' — a nice mature specimen.
Photo by Bill Barger
Abies concolor 'Blue Cloak' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger
Abies concolor 'Blue Cloak' — an immature seed cone that has been dissected and presented, suggesting the artistry of Nature.
Photo by Sara Malone