Abies homolepis

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Abies homolepis Siebold & Zucc.

Pinaceae

Life form: tree
Usage: economic plant

Exposure: sun - Exposure: half shade   5

Moisture: moist

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: evergreen

Coniferous leaves: cushion-like base

Division: not specified

Shape: not specified
Fruit: cone

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Inflorescence: not specified

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Canopy: narrowly conical

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Pinophyta
Subdivisio:
Pinophytina
Classis:
Pinopsida
Subclassis:
Pinidae
Ordo:
Pinales

Abies homolepis is a tree.

Naming

Abies homolepis was described by Philipp Franz von Siebold and Joseph Gerhard Zuccarini in 1842. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Abies homolepis is a species in the genus Abies which contains approximately 84 to 93 species and belongs to the family of the Pinaceae (Pine Family). The type species of the genus is Abies alba.

Characteristics

Abies homolepis - habitus

Growth

The trees have a narrowly conical canopy and reach heights of 22 to 25 metres. The plants reach a width of 6 to 10 metres.

Wood and Bark

The bark is longitudinally fissured or flaky and grey.

Leaves

Abies homolepis is evergreen. The dark-green leaves are alternate.

Flowers and Fruits

Abies homolepis flowers in May. The plants are dioecious, pollination takes places by allogamy through the wind.

The trees produce purple cones in autumn.

Root System

The plants form deep-reaching roots.

Distribution

Abies homolepis is native to Japan.

Cultivation

The trees prefer a sunny to half-shady situation on moist soil. The substrate should have a pH between 4 and 7,5. They tolerate temperatures down to -29°C (USDA zone 5).

Classification after Prof. Dr. Sieber

  • open areas

Uses

Suited as cemetery plant, bee pasture and as plant providing shelter for birds.

Maintenance and Propagation

The plants usually require only a moderate amount of maintenance.


Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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