Abies concolor 'Wattezii' / Wattez's white fir

Abies concolor 'Wattezii' is a low- and slow-growing plant with an irregular growth habit. The new shoots emerge creamy-white, becoming yellowish white, and change to grayish-blue later in the growing season. In May and June, this effect is very attractive. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 4.5 feet (1.5 m) tall and 4 feet (1.2 m) wide, an annual growth rate of 4 to 6 inches (10 - 15 cm).

This cultivar originated as a branch mutation, discovered in the late 1800s, by D. Wattez, a nurseryman from Bussum, The Netherlands. It is considered to be exceedingly rare in the nursery trade.

Attribution from: Arthur Lee Jacobson; North American Landscape Trees; ©1996 Ten Speed Press.

Abies concolor 'Wattezii' — a well-grown specimen in a large arboretum setting.
Photo by Bill Barger
Abies concolor 'Wattezii' — another beautiful photo donated by Daniel Wols of a plaint growing outside of Chicago, Illinois.
Photo by Daniel Wols
Abies concolor 'Wattezii' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger
Abies concolor 'Wattezii' — a mature specimen in an arboretum setting.
Photo by Bill Barger
Abies concolor 'Wattezii' — a young specimen in a private garden.
Photo by Bill Barger
Abies concolor 'Wattezii' — a mature specimen in an arboretum setting.
Photo by Bill Barger
Abies concolor 'Wattezii' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger

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