Abies balsamea 'Verkade's Prostrate' / Verkade's Prostrate Balsam fir
Abies balsamea 'Verkade's Postrate' is a densely branched, prostate, slow-growing shrub. If the tree forms a leader, it should be removed to preserve the shape. Needles are light green when young, later maturing to dark green. Typical rate of growth in most areas is 1.5 to 2 inches (4 - 6 cm), resulting in a flattened shrub, 18 to 24 inches (45 - 60 cm) wide after 10 years in the landscape.
John Verkade and his namesake Nursery in Asbury, New Jersey introduced this cultivar in 1984.
Robert L. Fincham, Coenosium Gardens Catalog of Rare Plants For The Discriminating Person ; Catalog Number Fourteen, January 2003
A dwarf, prostrate form with nice dark green color. Grows about 1 inch (2.5 cm) per year and will not develop a leader.