Abies alba 'Mladá Boleslav' / Mladá Boleslav European silver fir

Abies alba 'Mladá Boleslav' is a slow-growing, small, bushy, dwarf selection of European silver fir with curled green needles — a good choice for rock garden planting. After 10 years in the landscape, mature specimen will be 2 feet (60 cm) tall and wide, an annual rate of growth of 2 to 3 inches (5 - 7.5 cm).

This cultivar originated as witch's broom found in 1984 by Jan Veselý and Jan Beran in the Jeseniky mountains (Hrubý Jeseník) near the town of Mladá Boleslav in the central Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic, about 32 miles (50 km) northeast of Prague in the Czech Republic. Günther Horstmann Nursery, Schneverdingen, Germany introduced it to the nursery trade in 1992. This plant is sometimes seen listed under the names, A. alba 'Vesely' or 'Visely.'

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

Abies alba 'Mladá Boleslav' — a mature specimen in a large arboretum setting.
Photo by Bill Barger