Abies alba 'Hochstuckli' / Hochstuckli European silver fir

Abies alba 'Hochstuckli' is a spreading dwarf cultivar of European silver fir with rich medium green foliage. The plant's overall structure is flattened and spreading when young, later establishing a leader to become more conical with age. Annual rate of growth in most areas is 2 to 3 inches (5 - 7.5 cm) per year. At maturity a specimen will likely stand 2 feet (40 cm) tall and somewhat wider after 10 years.

This cultivar originated as a witch's broom found in the late 1990s by Jörg Kohout of Elstra, Germany. It is named for the town of Sattel-Hochstuckli in central Switzerland near Lucerne.

Attribution from: Aris Auders and Derek Spicer; RHS Encyclopedia of Conifers; ©2012, Kingsblue Press

Abies alba 'Hochstuckli'
Photo by Bill Barger
Abies alba 'Hochstuckli' — a closeup of needle detail
Photo by Bill Barger