Abies fraseri 'Brandon Recker' / Brandon Recker Fraser's fir

Abies fraseri 'Brandon Recker' is a miniature, cushion-shaped selection of Fraser's fir with layered, horizontally spreading branches; and light, blue-green needles with an occasional yellow cast. Needles are held about the stem in a radiating fashion. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 8 inches (20 cm) tall and 12 inches (30 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of around 1 inch (2.5 cm).

This cultivar originated as a witch's broom found in 1994 by Dennis Hermsen of Farley, Iowa. Denny named the plant in honor of his grandson. The original broom was found in a tree growing on Brandon's grandfather's farm in Manchester, Iowa, Occasionally, one may find this fir listed under the provisional name [ Recker no. 1 ].

Abies fraseri 'Brandon Recker' — a mature specimen in a private garden.
Photo by Bill Barger
Abies fraseri 'Brandon Recker' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger