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Japanese Garden Plants
This is where to find details on plants. We don't have a lot of images, but we'll be providing articles and details as we are able. If you have materials to contribute or gaps to fill in, please let us know.

Japanese Name:momi 
English Name:Japanese Fir 
Latin Name:Abies firma 
Family: 
Sub Type:EVERGREEN 
Native Habitat:mountain side 
Light:shady or sunny site 
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Height:30 m 
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Last Updated:5/21/2000 
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MOMI
Japanese Fir, Momi Fir
Abies firma (Pinaceae)

This monoecious conifer can grow up to 150 feet in the wild, though it rarely reaches that height under cultivation. It has a fine pyramidal form that rarely needs pruning though the lower branches can become disorderly as they die on an older tree. It's flat needles vary from green to blue-green.

It is a very hardy tree in cold climates, but is otherwise not resistant to other environmental factors such as heat, dryness or pollution. It is tough to get established and ball-n-burlap transplantation in early spring is the best bet. It does best in well-drained, acid soil that is course or even rocky. Keep it moist.

Because of its size, this tree must be used with care in a small space and is most appropriate in a large garden or park. It is occasionally cultivated as a bonsai.

Varieties:
Abies homolepis (Nikko Fir) - stiff, horizontal branches
Abies mariesii (Maries Fir) - native to mountainous regions; upper branches ascend while lower branches descend; purple cones, bluish needles and gray bark provide nice color combination.





For further reference:
Japanese Garden Society of Oregon. Oriental Gardening. New York: Pantheon Books, 1996, pp. 42.

Kitamura, Fumio and Ishizu Yurio. Garden Plants in Japan. Tokyo: Kokusai Bunka Shinkokai, 1963, p. 26.

 




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