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Dwarf Balsam Fir

Abies balsamea 'Nana'

Dense, dark green, aromatic needles on horizontal spreading branches form a very small, globe-shaped shrub. This slow growing, tidy evergreen is an beautiful specimen for low maintenance rock gardens and mixed borders. Thrives in cooler summer regions.
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Water regularly to keep soil surface moist, but not soggy.

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Botanical PronunciationA-beez bal-SAM-ee-uh NAN-uh
LoreAbies balsamea (Balsam Fir) is native to the cool, moist woodlands and bottomlands of midwestern and eastern regions of the United States and Canada. It does not thrive in the hot, humid regions of the southern states, or the hot summer climates of the southwest.
Average Size at MaturitySlowly reaches 2 ft. tall, 3 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeConifer; 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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Foliage ColorDark Green
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary, Rustic
Growth HabitRound
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBorder, Rock Garden, Wildlife Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureDwarf Plant, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Year-round Interest, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly to keep soil surface moist, but not soggy.
Companion PlantsPine (Pinus); Dogwood (Cornus); Ninebark (Physocarpus); Spirea (Spiraea); Viburnum (Viburnum); Smoke Tree (Cotinus)

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 3-6

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