Abies alba 'Pygmy' / Pygmy European silver fir

Abies alba 'Pygmy' is an extremely dwarf, globose dwarf form of European silver fir with stubby, upwardly radiating branches; and shiny, medium-green needles with shimmering silver undersides. After 10 years in the garden, a mature specimen will measure approximately 12 inches (30 cm) tall and wide, an annual rate of growth of an inch (2.5 cm) or less. This would be a perfect candidate for inclusion in a small rock garden or a formal setting of dwarf and miniature conifers.

The origin of the cultivar is unknown. Its first known description was by Dutch nurseryman, Wiel Linssen, The Netherlands in 1990.

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

Abies alba 'Pygmy' — in a large arboretum setting.
Photo by Bill Barger
Abies alba 'Pygmy' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger