Abies balsamea'94078' is a dwarf globose form of Balsam fir. The plant's overall structure is very uniform, forming a perfect ball over time. Foliage is a nice medium green and is overall typical of the species. Annual rate of growth is around 1.5 inches (3 - 4 cm), creating a very pleasing specimen, 15 inches (35 cm) tall and wide after 10 years in the garden. This cultivar looks quite striking and is quite appropriate grafted high onto a standard.
Greg Williams, of Wolcott, Vermont, USA is credited with the origin and introduction of this cultivar. Greg named many of his discoveries by simply using the date he found the plant. In this case, 94078 refers to the day, July 8th, 1994, the day that he found the witch's broom that later produced this cultivar.
Abies balsamea '94078' in the Edwin Smits pinetum, Volkel, The Netherlands.
Photo by Edwin Smits