About This Plant

Abies delavayi, commonly known as Delavay’s fir or Chinese silver fir, is a species of fir tree native to southwestern China, particularly in the Yunnan and Sichuan provinces. It is named after the French missionary and botanist Père Jean Marie Delavay, who collected plant specimens in China in the 19th century. This evergreen tree is characterised by its conical shape and dark green needles.

The Story


The needles are arranged spirally on the branches. They are flattened and measure about 1 to 3 cm in length. The colour of the needles can vary from dark green to silvery-green, which gives the tree its common name, “Silver Fir.”


The cones of Delavay’s Silver Fir are cylindrical and stand upright on the branches. They are typically about 10 to 15 cm long and start off green and mature to a brown colour as they ripen.
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