The Korean Balsam fir hybrid (Abies koreana x balsamea) is a tree that results from a cross between the Korean fir (Abies koreana) and the balsam fir (Abies balsamea). It is a relatively new hybrid and has become a popular ornamental tree in recent years.
The tree is typically smaller than the balsam fir, but larger than the Korean fir, reaching heights of 30 to 60 feet (9 to 18 meters) with a narrow, conical crown. The needles of the Korean balsam fir hybrid are short and stiff, about 0.5 to 1 inch (1.2 to 2.5 cm) long, and arranged in a spiral pattern around the twig. They are a shiny, dark green color on top, with two white stripes on the underside.
The cones of the Korean balsam fir hybrid are similar to those of the balsam fir, with a cylindrical shape that is about 3 to 4 inches (7 to 10 cm) long. The cones are dark purple or brown in color, and are held upright on the tree.
The bark of the Korean balsam fir hybrid is similar to that of the balsam fir, with shallow fissures that become more pronounced as the tree ages. The wood is relatively soft and light, and is not commonly used for timber.
The Korean balsam fir hybrid is a popular ornamental tree, appreciated for its compact size and attractive foliage. It is often grown in gardens and parks as a specimen tree, and is also used in landscaping as a hedgerow or screen. The tree is adaptable to a wide range of soils and climates, and is generally considered to be easy to grow. The hybrid is known for its hardiness and resistance to pests and diseases.