Horstmanns Silberlocke Korean Fir

Abies koreana 'Horstmann's Silberlocke'

9 Reviews

Horstmanns Silberlocke Korean Fir

Abies koreana 'Horstmann's Silberlocke'

9 Reviews


How are the heights measured?

All tree, and nothin' but the tree! We measure from the top of the soil to the top of the tree; the height of the container or the root system is never included in our measurements.

What is a gallon container?

Nursery containers come in a variety of different sizes, and old-school nursery slang has stuck. While the industry-standard terminology is to call the sizes "Gallon Containers", that doesn't exactly translate to the traditional liquid "gallon" size we think of. You'll find we carry young 1-gallons, up to more mature 7-gallons ranging anywhere from 6 inches to 6ft.

How does the delivery process work?

All of our orders ship via FedEx Ground! Once your order is placed online, our magic elves get right to work picking, staging, boxing and shipping your trees. Orders typically ship out within 2 business days. You will receive email notifications along the way on the progress of your order, as well as tracking information to track your plants all the way to their new home!

Why are some states excluded from shipping?

The short & sweet answer is: "United States Department of Agriculture Restrictions." Every state has their own unique USDA restrictions on which plants they allow to come into their state. While we wish we could serve everyone, it's for the safety of native species and helps prevent the spread of invasive disease & pests. We've gotta protect good ole' Mother Nature, after all.

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The Silver Curls Korean Fir is a beautiful dwarf evergreen with a perfect symmetrical pyramid form. It grows well in all the cooler parts of the country, and is the perfect choice if you have cold winters and lots of snow. It makes a striking feature, looking frosted with silver, because the needles curl upwards, showing their silver back. Even young trees are decorated in winter with beautiful purple, upright cones that are a special feature of this tree. Use a pair of these trees on either side of a doorway or entrance, to make a neat welcoming to your home. Plant them around the house, where you can be sure they will never grow too large. Use this tree wherever you want a neat pyramid that never needs trimming to keep its compact form.

  • Beautiful silver-frosted foliage
  • Neat upright pyramid form
  • Thrives in colder, snowy areas
  • Never needs trimming to keep its shape
  • Smaller size is perfect for smaller gardens

Choose a sunny or partially-shaded location for your Silver Curls Korean Fir. It should be planted in well-drained soil and it does best in lighter soils, not clay. It has no significant pests or diseases, but it does not grow well in polluted urban environments. This tree is always attractive, whatever the season, and it has a special charm and beauty that you will love. This is the perfect choice for any colder region.

Plant Hardiness Zones 5-7
Mature Width 2-6
Mature Height 6-12
Sun Needs Full Sun, Partial Sun
Zones 5-7

The Silver Curls Korean Fir is a great smaller evergreen tree for your garden. This dwarf conifer makes a beautiful conical tree without any trimming, looking attractive in all seasons of the year. The needles are curved up, so that the silver backs show, giving the tree a silvery-green sheen and making it a special feature in the garden. It even produces attractive purple cones when quite young, and these grow upwards, differently from most other cones. They give the tree a festive look during the winter, almost like a ready-decorated Christmas tree.

This tree is an ideal choice for foundation planting around your home, especially in cooler parts of the country. It will grow steadily at about 6 inches per year and will eventually make a small pyramidal tree, reaching 12 feet in height (or even taller). It will always be neat and compact and never need trimming to maintain its perfect form. It is the silvery, frosted-look that gives this tree its special character. This effect is produced by the way the needles curl upwards around the stems, showing the white underside of the leaves. So although the leaves are a rich green, the effect is quite silvery, making a perfect contrast with other plants in your garden.

This highly-prized tree is not often available, so we anticipate that our limited stock will not be with us long. Make sure to order now and grow one of the top-rated evergreens for colder climates. You will never regret the day you brought a Silver Curls Korean Fir into your garden.

Growing Silver Curls Korean Fir Trees

Because the Silver Curls Korean Fir will grow in partial shade, unlike most other needle trees, it can be used in lots of parts of your garden. It makes a perfect specimen in a garden bed, or among other plants around the house as part of your foundation planting. It will not grow too tall and dwarf the house, and fills corners and spaces between windows perfectly. A pair of these trees planted on either side of the door, in the ground or in containers, makes a great entrance feature and remains neat without needing any trimming. They also are perfect for planting along a pathway, or at a corner where your path changes direction.

The Silver Curls Korean Fir is a special form of the Korean Fir, quite distinctive and much smaller in growth. It must be produced from stem pieces taken from selected trees and joined to the roots of seedling fir trees. This takes a great deal of skill and patience, so avoid cheaper trees simply called Korean Fir, as these will just be seedling plants with no special features, and they will grow into large trees.

Planting Your Silver Curls Korean Fir Trees

Choose a sunny or partially-shaded location for your Silver Curls Korean Fir. It will grow best in well-drained lighter soil, and does not do well in heavy clay. It should also not be planted near a busy road or in other urban locations, as it grows best in fresh air. This is a very hardy tree, surviving well in temperatures down to minus 30 degrees, and in places with heavy snow falls. It should not be planted in hot and humid areas.

History and Origins of the Silver Curls Korean Fir

The Silver Curls Korean Fir is a special form of the Korean Fir (Abies koreana). This tree grows wild in the mountains of South Korea. It grows into a tall, upright tree 40 to 60 feet in height, with a symmetrical form. It has always been popular as a garden tree in Europe and North American, because it is very hardy and will grow well even with heavy snow and cold winters. However such a tall tree is not suitable for many gardens, so smaller forms are very desirable and quite a few have been developed. Top of the list has to go to the Silver Curls Korean Fir, which keeps the beautiful upright symmetry of the parent tree, but brings it down to a compact size, as well as adding that silver frosting with its curling needles.

This tree was developed by Günter Horstmann, who lived in Schneverdingen, Germany. It was first introduced in Europe in 1979 and came to America in 1986. Since then it has won awards for its beauty and it is a very desirable and highly-prized tree. Besides the attractive foliage and compact size, it also begins to produce cones when the tree is only 3 – 6 feet tall. The cones of the Korean Fir are special and make a great feature. Not only are they a rich purple color, but they stand proudly upright along the branches, like fat candles almost 3 inches tall. In winter they make the tree look very decorative and turn it into an instant, natural, Christmas tree.

We have lots of other dwarf needle-trees that are much more suitable for hot regions, such as Juniper Trees, or Cypress Trees. It is somewhat drought resistant once established, but it should be kept well-watered, especially during the first few years of its life with you.

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Horstmanns Silberlocke Korean Fir

Abies koreana 'Horstmann's Silberlocke'

9 Reviews