Abies concolor 'Scooter' / Scooter white fir

Abies concolor 'Scooter' #10 is a dwarf, flattened-globose selection of white fir, with very dense horizontal branching. The new foliage pushes in pleasant shades of yellow, later fading to green with yellow tips as the season progresses. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 10 inches (25 cm) tall and 24 inches (60 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of around 2 inches (5 cm).

This cultivar originated as a witch's broom, found in the 1990s by Jerry Morris of Lakewood, Colorado. Jerry found the original broom in a tree at 9,000 feet (2,750 m). on a pass to the east of Silver City. In his field notes he described his find as "very tight broom, very high in the tree." Upon discovery, Jerry provisionally named the selection Abies concolor [ #10 ], designating this as his 10th documented white fir broom. This plant is part of the Jerry Morris Rocky Mountain Collection, promoted in the early 2000s by Stanley & Sons Nursery, Boring, Oregon.

Abies concolor 'Scooter' — a 6-year-old plant.
Photo by Tom Joswick
Abies concolor 'Scooter' #10 — a young specimen in an arboretum setting.
Photo by Bill Barger
Abies concolor 'Scooter' #10 — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger