Abies homolepis 'Prostrata' / prostrate Nikko fir

Abies homolepis 'Prostrata' is an attractive, wide-spreading shrub form of Nikko fir, with rich, olive-green needles with silvery undersides. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 4 feet (1.3 m) wide, and 7 feet (2.1 m) wide, an annual growth rate of 4 to 6 inches (10 - 15 cm), more outward than up.

This cultivar is of unknown origin, thought by Humphrey Welch, as written in The World Checklist of Conifers, to have arisen through propagating side branches. One of Its first mentions in botanical literature was in the catalog of Vermeulen & Son Nursery of Neshanic Station, NJ in the early 1970s.

Abies homolepsis 'Prostrata' — photo copyright of Green Industry Images. Donated by Ernie Wiegand.
Photo by Ernie Wiegand
Abies homolepis 'Prostrata' — a closeup of foliage and pollen cones.
Photo by Dennis Groh
Abies homolepis 'Prostrata' — a closeup of foliage and pollen cones.
Photo by Dennis Groh
Abies homolepsis 'Prostrata' — photo copyright of Green Industry Images. Donated by Ernie Wiegand.
Photo by Ernie Wiegand

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