Experimental - Abies Alba Miller

Silver fir (Abies alba) is rare in the whole Apennine mountain chain and only survive in reduced and fragmented relict populations. These relict populations not only constitute genetically different races in the Apennine, but they also differ from those found in the Alps.

It isΒ an ornamental and timber species that is native to Europe and Asia. It is a lofty tree, sometimes reaching 45 m (150 feet) in height, with large, spreading, horizontal boughs curving upward toward their extremities. The silver fir is abundant in most of the mountain ranges of southern and central Europe,but it is not found in the northern parts of that continent. Extensive forests of the silver fir are found on the southern Alps, and the tree is plentiful in the Rhineland and on the Apennine and Pyrenees ranges.