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Abies magnifica 'Mount Si' (2 Replies)

Posted December 4, 2017 at 1:43 pm

I noticed that this conifer is not listed on your website yet. I bought this conifer at the Arboretum Plant Sale on April 28, 2012. This selection of California {Shasta} Red Fir is low and prostrate, with tiny greyish needles held above the branches. It was selected by Dave and Gretchen DeWire of Mt Si Bonsai, in North Bend, Washington BEFORE 2000. Can you add something to that other than the Royal Horticultural Society’s Encyclopedia of Conifers has to say?

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Posted December 5, 2017 at 4:41 pm

I can … but … I’ve had trouble getting the full story. Dave and Gretchen didn’t select it. Somebody else did and gave to to Dave to propagate and name. As you’re probably aware, Abies magnifica doesn’t grow anywhere near Mt. Si, Washington. Once I track down who this individual is (was) and get a confirmation of the nature of the discovery (i.e. witch’s broom, or natural dwarf), I’ll be able to properly write it up.

I also need a good picture. I know where a really fine, old specimen exists. It’s just a matter of getting the owner to take a picture for me. So, please stand by. This may take a month or two.

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Posted December 6, 2017 at 9:45 pm

ok … got the picture I needed and wrote it up in the best possible way for now. Take a look:
http://conifersociety.org/conifers/conifer/abies/magnifica/mt-si/

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