Abies concolor 'Blue Cloak' / Blue Cloak white fir

Abies concolor 'Blue Cloak' is an upright, semi-pendulous selection of white fir with a strong central leader, dense cloaked branching; and thin, soft-blue needles. 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
Abies concolor 'Blue Cloak' showing off with a spring flush of fresh growth.
Photo by Bill Barger
Abies concolor 'Blue Cloak' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger

Comments

Nancy Dankle

Will this species drop many needles each season? We have a client who is concerend that many dropped needles will kill their lawn. Any information would be helpful. Thank you.

Maxwell Cohn

it will predictably lose 20% of its older needles every year, more if it develops one of the various fungal problems this species is famous for when planted in other than a semi-arid climate.