Abies koreana 'KOHOUT'S ICEBREAKER'

Abies koreana
Abies koreana 'KOHOUT'S ICEBREAKER'
dwarf Korean fir
SIZE/TYPE small shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 0.3-0.6m
USUAL WIDTH 0.5-0.8m
LEAVES evergreen conifer
COLOUR OF LEAVES +multicoloured:silver a green
LOCATION full to partial sun
USDA zone (lowest) 5   (down to -29°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Conifers
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Kohout’s Icebreaker is a witch’s broom of Horstmann’s Silberlocke Korean fir. It was found by Jörg Kohout in his nursery in Elstra, Germany. It is a very dwarf variety producing small, very dense, compact, mounding shrubs with recurved, deep green and glossy needles that expose their striking silver reverse. Thanks to that they appear silver rather than green. Dwarf Korean firs do not loose needles even on older branches unless cultivated in unsuitable conditions.

Kohout’s Icebreaker is a slow grower making some 3-7 cm per year which makes a great patio shrub or a collectable item in a conifer garden or a large rockery. They are commonly propagated the way that plants maintain a mounting habit, however, another propagating method will force formation of a central leader which will change the plant’s shape into a broadly pyramidal shape with tiered branches like a miniature fir. Unless you like this shape remove the leader as soon as it is formed.

Korean fir does best in filtered sun or full sun planted in equally moist soil that does not dry out. For best results grow it in slightly acidic or neutral, well-drained, humus-rich, not compacted soil. It withstands wind and frost but not waterlogging. Large species may be pruned in early spring or trimmed to shapes in midsummer, compact and dwarf varieties usually does not require any pruning or shaping to look fine. Fully hardy to min. -29°C (USDA zone 5).

Last update 03-11-2020
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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