Abies concolor 'Charming Chub' / Charming Chub white fir

Abies concolor 'Charming Chub' is a tight pyramidal selection of white fir with a good sky-blue foliage color. After ten years one can expect a mature plant to be 24 inches (60 cm) tall and 12 inches (30 cm) wide, a growth rate of 2 to 3 inches (5 - 7.5 cm) per year. As is true with all members of this species, one should be very diligent with keeping dead foliage cleaned up to reduce the threat of fungal diseases.

This cultivar originated as a witch's broom found in 1996 by Jerry Morris of Lakewood, Colorado, south of Cuchara Pass, highway 12, mile marker 24 in the San Isabel National Forest southwest of Walsenburg, Colorado. The original broom was 10 feet (3 m) wide and 8 feet (2.4 m) tall, fair blue in color and tight, with all all ends going up. The original provisional name was Abies concolor [#12]. He later named it for his good friend, Justin "Chub" Harper, past president of the American Conifer Society.

Abies concolor 'Charming Chub' at LaPorte Avenue Nursery's display garden, Ft. Collins, Colorado.
Photo by David Olszyk
Abies concolor 'Charming Chub' — a young plant in spring.
Photo by Bill Barger
Abies concolor 'Charming Chub' at Denver Botanic Gardens, Colorado.
Photo by Nate Cassell