Abies alba 'Barabits Star' / Barabits' Star European silver fir

Abies alba 'Barabits Star' is a dense, compact selection of European silver fir. The needles are oriented forward, yellowish on top. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 3 feet (40 cm) tall and wide, an annual growth rate of 3 to 4 inches (7.5 - 10 cm).

This cultivar originated as a witch's broom with regular conical habit, measuring 6 feet 7 inches (2 m) high at 30 years; found in 1965 by Dr. Elemer Barabits, and introduced in 1985 by Dr. Barabits' Egzota Nursery in Sopron, Hungary. The original plant is in the Barabits' Lővér Pinetum, Sopron, Hungary. In 1985, this conifer was patented by the Hungarian Agricultural Quality Control Institute, Budapest.

Abies alba 'Barabits Star', an approximately 10 year old specimen photographed in Brunswick, ME, Nov. 2013.
Photo by Sean Callahan
Abies alba 'Barabits Star', foliage detail, photographed in Brunswick, ME, Nov. 2013.
Photo by Sean Callahan
Abies alba 'Barabits Star' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger

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