Delavay’s Silver Fir

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.

The Appearance

A large evergreen conifer with a narrow, conical shape and dark green needles with silvery undersides. It produces cylindrical cones that sit upright on the branches.


The Produce

They are typically about 10 to 15 cm long and start off green and mature to a brown colour as they ripen.


The Flowers

Produces small, inconspicuous flowers in spring, followed by cylindrical cones.


The Leaves

They are flattened and measure about 1 to 3 cm in length.


The Bark

The bark is gray and smooth, becoming more fissured with age.


The Habitat

Prefers well-drained soils and full sun to partial shade. Commonly found in mountainous regions and forests.


The Ecology

Provides habitat and food for various wildlife, including birds and mammals. The dense foliage offers excellent cover.


The Culture

Valued for its timber and ornamental appeal. Often planted in parks and large gardens.


Fun Facts

Delavay’s Silver Fir is known for its attractive needles with silvery undersides and its upright cones.

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