Abies concolor 'La Veta' / La Veta white fir

Abies concolor 'La Veta' is a particularly unique and outstanding selection of white fir. Young plants will start out fairly prostrate with nice long, powder-blue needles, displaying a layered effect in the branching. Later as the plant matures, it will first become a flattened globe and later grow taller, but nonetheless remaining rather globose with needles and branchlets retaining the layered effect of its youth. Typical rate of growth is 2 inches (5 cm) annually, forming a small squat globe, 24 inches (60 cm) tall and 36 inches (90 cm) wide after 10 years of growth.

Jerry Morris of Lakewood, Colorado is credited with the origin of 'La Veta.' The original propagation material came from a large, vigorous, compact witch's broom with good color, 10 to 15 feet tall by 15 to 20 feet wide (4 x 6 m), that Jerry found on a very large tree north of La Veta Pass, Colorado, in the late 1990s. It was his very first White fir find as represented by its provisional name Abies concolor [#1]. This and many other well-known cultivars in the nursery trade are part of what is known as the Jerry Morris Rocky Mountain Collection.

Abies concolor 'La Veta' — a nice specimen at Bickelhaupt Arboretum, Clinton, Iowa, in the Heartland Collection of Garden Conifers.
Photo by Dax Herbst
Abies concolor 'La Veta' — a young plant with fresh spring foliage.
Photo by Bill Barger
Abies concolor 'La Veta' — a young plant with fresh spring foliage.
Photo by Bill Barger

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