Plants of Merit: Dwarf balsam fir

  • Wednesday, June 16, 2010 10:00am
  • Life

WHAT: Dwarf balsam fir, also known as abies balsamea nana, is a good choice for rock gardens and mixed border plantings thanks to its compact size and relatively stout shape.

It features a rich, dense evergreen look with needles that appear to form a dark green cushion.

SUN OR SHADE: It thrives in part shade.

SIZE: Its mature size is a compact 3 feet tall and wide.

SEE IT: You’ll find this dwarf in the conifer display garden at Evergreen Arboretum &Gardens, 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett, www.evergreenarboretum.com.

After you pass through the arboretum’s periwinkle entrance columns, turn left and the conifer garden will be on your right.

Source: Sandra Schumacher / Evergreen Arboretum &Gardens

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