• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly to keep soil surface moist, but not soggy.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slowly reaches 2 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Rock Garden Plant
    Blooms:
    Conifer; prized for foliage.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:a-bees bal-SAM-ee-a
    Plant type:Shrub, Conifer
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth habit:Round
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slowly reaches 2 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Dark Green
    Blooms:Conifer; prized for foliage.
    Design IdeasA perfect specimen for a rock garden or as a bonsai. Also pretty mixed with brighter, lower-growing groundcovers. Makes a dark, green cushion amid smaller flowering perennials.
    Companion PlantsPine (Pinus); Dogwood (Cornus); Ninebark (Physocarpus); Spirea (Spiraea); Viburnum (Viburnum); Smoke Tree (Cotinus)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide organically rich, lightly acidic, well-drained soil. Water deeply, regularly during the first few growing seasons to establish an extensive root system; once established water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly to keep soil surface moist, but not soggy.
  • History & Lore
    Lore:
    Native to cool, moist woodlands and bottomlands of midwestern and eastern regions of the United States and Canada. Does not thrive in the hot, humid regions of the southern states, or the hot summer climates of the southwest.

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