Abies concolor 'Ostrov nad Ohří' / Ostrov nad Ohří white fir

Abies concolor 'Ostrov nad Ohří' is arguably one of the strangest growing cultivars of this species ever to be introduced to the nursery trade. Its overall form is generally flat and spreading with contorted branches and clumpy, twisted, blue needles. Annual rate of growth in most areas in 2 to 3 inches (5 - 7.5 cm) which will make a mature plant 2 to 3 feet (60 - 90 cm) wide and half as tall after 10 years. It should be noted that this conifer has proven to be a somewhat difficult plant to maintain in good health.

This cultivar originated as a witch's broom found in 1996 by Mr. Hejtik in the town of Ostrov, a town in the Karlovy Vary vicinity of Czech Republic. It is occasionally seen listed simply as, Abies concolor 'Ostrov.'

Abies concolor 'Ostrov nad Ohří' — a well-maintained young plant.
Photo by Bill Barger
Abies concolor 'Ostrov nad Ohří' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger