Abies koreana 'Cis' / Cis Korean fir

Abies koreana ‘Cis’ is a very slow growing, globose selection of Korean fir with symmetrical, radially spreading branches and species atypical dark green needles with silvery undersides. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 16 inches (40 cm) tall and wide, an annual growth rate 1 to 2 inches (5 – 7.5 cm).

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in the early 1970s by Roelvink nursery, Groningen, The Netherlands. Mr. Roelvink named the plant in honor of his mother, Franciska. After some 20 years of evaluation in his private garden, In the late 1980s, Roelvink released cuttings to Libo nursery in Baexem for propagation. In 1990, ‘Cis’ was awarded the silver medal at the Plantarium plant exposition in Boskoop, The Netherlands.

Abies koreana 'Cis' — original plant from Don Howse; image taken October, 2003. Estimated age is 7 years.
Photo by Dennis Groh
Abies koreana 'Cis' — photo courtesy of Henk van Kempen, The Netherlands, Dutch Conifer Society.
Photo by Henk van Kempen
Abies koreana 'Cis'
Photo by Don Levesque
Abies koreana 'Cis'
Photo by Ken Marek
Abies koreana 'Cis' photographed in Brunswick, Maine in 2013.
Photo by Sean Callahan
Abies koreana 'Cis' — an old plant in the Flora Wonder Arboretum, Gaston, Oregon.
Photo by David Olszyk


Patricia McKillop

We have a very small yard and are concerned about root growth that my impact our koi pond. Do the roots extend beyond the width of the fir? We had to remove a couple of evergreens that sent out roots to the pond liner. Having seen the Cis Korean Fir in at a nursery, it looks like the perfect shrub for us, but have not idea about the root structure.

i appreciate any information you can provide.