Ice Breaker™ Korean Fir

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Don't miss this unique specimen! It's like nothing you have seen before (and we guarantee the neighbors haven't either!) Introducing the collector-worthy Ice Breaker™ Korean Fir (Abies koreana 'Kohout's Icebreaker')! Naturally frosted and flocked, this is a small, rounded evergreen that looks perpetually snow-covered! Each of the inward-curving needles are silvery blue-green with white frosted undersides, creating a two-tone and clustered effect!

Also called Kohout's Icebreaker, this truly unique Korean Fir is a very special dwarf coniferous evergreen! Growing into a mounded dome-shape only 2 feet tall and 3 feet wide in about 10 years. The dense branches curve inwards, and so do the short needles, so that it is the silvery backs that we see. This gives the plant an incredibly intense frosted silver effect!

This Korean Fir is a new, dwarf selection! Like its parent plant ('Horstmann's Silberlocke'), it has curiously twisted strongly-curled silvery needles, showing the undersides that make the species distinctive! The short branches develop symmetrically and form a nice globe when young! Mature plants develop a central leader, eventually becoming a short, squat tree! Slow growing adding only 1 to 3 inches of new growth each year means years of enjoyment without any work or maintenance from you!

Planting and Application:

Ice Breaker™ begs to be used as a cool and collected specimen plant! Mixed and massed accent plants, use groupings or rows as focal points in high-profile locations where they can shine in the sun! These garden curiosities add dramatic flair without sacrificing precious garden space! Brilliant and sparkling, Ice Breaker™ is set off by darker groundcovers, dark mulch, or against dark stone pavers!

Grow it as a standout focal point in a small bed, or among other dwarf evergreens. Grow it along a walkway, patio or terrace to add light and lively year-round interest! Small enough to use in protected outdoor urns, large planters, and a thriller, or plant in pots and window boxes for year-round décor. Over time, Ice Breaker™ will become a remarkable specimen plant and a real conversation starter!

  • Unique Form & Color!
  • Curved Blue-Green Foliage & Showy Silver Undersides
  • Small, Space-Saving Shrub Form
  • Becomes Stout Tree in Time
  • Specimen, Focal Point, Large Planter & Garden Curiosity

#ProPlantTips For Care

Like most of its cousins, Ice Breaker™ Firs need a sunny location and they do demand well-drained soils with consistent moisture access until established. Older trees only need supplemental moisture during dry winters and hot summer months. Mulch their root systems with 3-4 inches of arborist bark chips to keep them moist throughout the summer and insulated all winter. Always maintain the lowest branches and never plant too deep. Pruning is typically not ever needed

  • Full Sun
  • Moderate Consistent Moisture
  • Adaptable to Any Well-Drained Soil
  • Rarely Needs Pruning
  • Very Low Maintenance

A rare beauty with great color and unique form, the Ice Breaker™ Korean Fir tree will delight you for years to come and make your neighbors green with envy that you got yours first! Hurry and order this brand-new selection today from the experts at!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Ice Breaker™ Korean Fir Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-7
Growing Zones 4-7
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Abies koreana 'Kohout's Icebreaker'
Type Evergreen
Mature Height 18 - 24 inches
Mature Spread 2 - 3 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained Soil
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Slow
Fall Color Evergreen
Pollinator Friendly No