Abies concolor 'Piggelmee' / Piggelmee white fir

Abies concolor 'Piggelmee' is a very dwarf selection of white fir, growing broader than high, with lovely pale blue, short, thick needles that are densely arranged on short stems. Annual growth 1 inch (2.5 cm). After 10 years of growth, mature specimen will measure 8 inches (20 cm) tall and 18 inches (45 cm) wide. This conifer is an ideal choice for the rock garden or other small spaces.

This cultivar originated as a witch's broom on a specimen of Abies concolor 'Candicans' in a garden in Geneva, Switzerland; and introduced to the nursery trade around 1970 by Draijer B.V., The Netherlands. It is normally propagated through grafting, but it is hard to do so because of its short branchlets.

Abies concolor 'Piggelmee' — a cute little specimen in a private collection.
Photo by Bill Barger
Abies concolor 'Piggelmee' — a mature specimen in a garden setting. About 14 inches (35 cm) across; photo from August 2004.
Photo by Bill Barger
Abies concolor 'Piggelmee' — a closeup of foliage detail. Needles are shorter than typical of the species. Nice textural contrast in small gardens.
Photo by Bill Barger
Abies concolor 'Piggelmee' — an 8-year-old plant
Photo by Tom Joswick
Abies concolor 'Piggelmee' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger
Abies concolor 'Piggelmee' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger

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