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European Silver Fir

Stock: Available

$11.00

Family: Pinaceae

Characteristics: Conical tree to 40-50 metre

Seeds per packets: Approx 5

A large evergreen pyramidal tree the European Sliver Fir typically grows between 40-50 metre tall with a straight trunk, whitish bark 1.5 metre in diameter.
Forms a pyramidal habit with dark green, needle-like foliage with white undersides.

Erect broad cones 9–17 cm tall and 3–4 cm wide.

The European Silver Fir naturally forms a symmetrical triangle shape with a strongly scented foliage making it a popular Christmas tree.
Commercially grown on Christmas tree plantations in the North East region of North America spanning New England in the US to the Maritime provinces of Canada.

sold commercially in the UK where it is grown in plantation in Scotland.

Occurs naturally to the mountains of Europe, from the Pyrenees north to Normandy, east to the Alps and the Carpathians, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, and south to Italy, Bulgaria, Albania and northern Greece.

Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-22°C

Germinates readily without pre-treatment but will generally give improved rates with cold stratification.

Cold stratification is recommended
Cold treatment may not be critical for germination to occur in colder regions but should give increased germination rates in warmer climates.

This can be replicated by cold stratification in the refrigerator for 28 days. Alternatively over wintering in the garden in cold climates will assist germination.

  1. Soak in water overnight.
  2. Sow seed the depth of the seed width.
  3. Water with fine mist spray to avoid disturbance of the seed.
  4. Ensure the mix is moist but not water logged.
  5. Place the container in plastic bag.
  6. Place the bagged container in the refrigerator for 28 days weeks.
  7. Germination generally occurs in 14-28 days when moved to warmer temperatures after the period of cold treatment.

General note: Seeds of many species are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.

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