Abies fraseri 'Wingle's Blue Bonnet' / Wingle's Blue Bonnet Fraser's fir
Abies fraseri 'Wingle's Blue Bonnet' is a dwarf, symmetrically conical selection of Fraser fir with excellent Blue color, arguably one of the best Blue conifers available in the nursery trade. After 10 years, a specimen can be considered mature at 4.5 feet (1.5 m) tall and 3 feet (1 m) wide, an annual growth rate of 2 to 4 inches (5 - 10 cm).
This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in 1987 by Mat Wingle in a northern Pennsylvania Christmas tree farm. Mat describes it as, "the best Blue Fraser I have ever seen. This is on the top of my list of favorites." It is often seen listed in the nursery trade as simply, 'Blue Bonnet.'
Abies fraseri 'Wingle's Blue Bonnet' in northwestern Pennsylvania, USDA Zone 5b. Grows 2-4 inches per year. The blue Concolor fir in the background is unrelated.
Photo by William Dunagin