Siberlocke Fir

Asked September 23, 2016, 7:59 PM EDT

I planted a Horstmann Silberlocke Fir 2 years ago. It"s grown about 12 inches and is about 6 feet high. Last year it had over 70 cones but this year it had NO cones. The tree is healthy and beautiful. Do they bear cones every other year? What can I expect in the future? Thank you, Paul

Hennepin County Minnesota fir horticulture

1 Response

I'm not sure about Horstmann Silberlocke specifically, but generally speaking fir trees produce cones on 2-year cycles. It is assumed that it takes two year for the tree to sequester enough energy to produce cones. Read here:
http://vtecostudies.org/wildlife/plants/balsam-fir/

This tree is listed as hardy only to zone 5, so I'm not sure this is a good choice for a long-term planting:
http://www.monrovia.com/plant-catalog/plants/633/horstmanns-silberlocke-korean-fir/