Abies koreana 'Luminetta' / Luminetta Korean fir

Abies koreana 'Luminetta' is a slow-growing golden, upright pyramidal form of Korean fir with attractive lemony yellow needles with the typical silver undersides. It holds good color year-round and is at its best in early spring. The contrast with it purple seed cones is absolutely stunning. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 32 to 40 inches (80 to 100 cm) tall and 30 inches (75 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of 3 to 4 inches (7.5 - 10 cm).

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in the mid-1970s by Leen Konijn & Company Nursery, Reeuwijk The Netherlands. It is often confused and mislabeled with the cultivar Picea orientalis 'Aurea' in Europe. 'Luminetta' is virtually unknown in the U.S. nursery trade.

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Abies koreana 'Luminetta' in a conifer collection in Austria.
Photo by Mesterházy & Etzelstorfer, courtesy of ConiferTreasury.org
Abies koreana 'Luminetta' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Mesterházy & Etzelstorfer, courtesy of ConiferTreasury.org

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