Abies fraseri 'Prostrata' / Prostrate Fraser's fir

Abies fraseri 'Prostrata' is a low-growing, prostrate selection of Fraser's fir with dense, short needles, and gray-green undersides. Mature trees remain under 5 feet (1.5 m) tall, but can reach 13 feet (4 m) in diameter, an annual growth rate of 8 to 12 inches (20 - 30 cm), significantly more outward than up.

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in 1916 by Seth L. Kelsey, of Boxford, Massachusetts, USA.

Attribution from: Aris Auders & Derek Spicer; RHS Encyclopedia of Conifers; ©2012, Kingsblue Press

Abies fraseri 'Prostrata' at Bickelhaupt Arboretum, Clinton, Iowa, in the Heartland Collection of Garden Conifers' photo from March 2004.
Photo by Dax Herbst
Abies fraseri 'Prostrata' — a closeup of foliage and a solitary seed cone.
Photo by Bill Barger