The Flaky Fir (Abies Squamata) is an upright conifer with dark blue-green needles with silvery undersides. It produces strikingly colored erect velvety-purple cones. Its brown exfoliating bark offers winter interest. It is originally From China and is fairly rare in the U.S. It prefers full sun and does best in well-drained soil. In nature it can grow to 120 feet. It takes well to wiring and can tolerate winter lows to -20 degrees. Because of all the above, and many other reasons, this is a great subject for the bonsai hobbyist.