Abies forrestii var. georgei is a variety of Forrest fir, first described by Orr in 1933. It is synonymous with A. georgei (Orr 1933) and A. delavayi var. georgei (Orr) Melville.
Description. It differs from the type through shoots with a dense, rust-colored pubescence; leaves 0.6 to 1.2 inches (1.5 - 3 cm) long with slightly revolute margins; cone bracts exserted, broad and tapering to a short cusp. It has the same glossy dark green leaves and extraordinary cones of purple standing straight up as the type.
Distribution. This variety is found in western China — Yunnan province.
Abies forrestii var. georgei — a closeup of foliage.
Photo by UC Berkley
This is a form of Yunnan fir found in west China. Glossy dark green leaves. Has a rust brown hair on young stems. Extroadinary cones of purple standing straight up. This Abies forrestii var. georgei died after one winter in zone 5. Photo by Len Stubenfoll
Abies forrestii var. georgei — a closeup of needles and terminal buds.
Photo by Tom Cox