Abies concolor 'Rochester Park' / Rochester Park white fir

Abies concolor 'Rochester' is a slow growing, upright, tree form of white fir with dense, tidy symmetrical branching, and chartreuse-green spring growth that contrasts nicely with the older gray-blue foliage. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 4.5 feet (1.5 feet) tall and 40 inches (1 m) wide, an annual growth rate of 4 to 6 inches (10 - 15 cm).

[ Arthur Jacobson in North American Landscape Trees ] aA very tight and robust wide pyramidal. Good blue, exceptionally long needles.

This cultivar is of speculative origin, thought to have originated as a unique named tree on the grounds of Highland Park, Rochester New York, and described by Arthur Slavin. Buchholz & Buchholz Nursery of Gaston, Oregon, listed it in their online catalog in 2009. Girard Nurseries of Geneva, Ohio, listed it in the mid-1990s.

Abies concolor 'Rochester Park' in Bickelhaupt Arboretum, Clinton, Iowa; in the Heartland Collection of Dwarf and Rare Conifers.
Photo by Bill Barger