Abies lasiocarpa 'Compacta' / compact Arizona fir

Abies lasiocarpa var. arizonica 'Compacta' is a medium-sized narrowly pyramidal selection of Arizona fir with a dense structure and long, soft, vividly blue, foliage. After 10 years, a mature specimen will measure 4.5 feet (1.5 m) tall with a 30-inch (75 cm) spread, a growth rate of 6 to 8 inches (15 - 20 cm) per year.

In his book, Gardening with Conifers, Adrian Bloom writes, "slow-growing at first, it gradually forms a shapely specimen of dense, soft, grey-Blue foliage. It is a good form of the species, the Alpine fir, which originates in the mountainous regions of western North America. Very hardy, it will retain its lower branches well in an open position; best in cooler climates on good deep soil. Plant it where in future years it can stand alone as a specimen, because you will not want to part with it. It is one of Bloom's top ten garden conifers.

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in 1927 by Jan Boer Nursery, Boskoop, The Netherlands. It is often seen listed incorrectly as Abies lasiocarpa 'Arizonica Compacta.'

Abies lasiocarpa var arizonica 'Compacta' — a wonderful specimen in the Conifer Glen at Dawes Arboretum in Newark, Ohio. The specimen is approximately 12 feet across the base. The foliage is soft to the touch. Photo taken in 2001.
Photo by Dawes Arboretum
Abies lasiocarpa var arizonica 'Compacta,' one of the best blue dwarf conifers, my personal favorite.
Photo by Charlene Harris
Abies lasiocarpa var arizonica 'Compacta' shows new sea green spring growth and white bark.
Photo by John Fertig
Abies lasiocarpa var arizonica 'Compacta' in the Harper Collection of Dwarf and Rare Conifers at Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, Michigan, August 2005.
Photo by Dax Herbst
Abies lasiocarpa var arizonica 'Compacta.' Photo copyright of The wildlife and conifer garden donated by Don and Nonda Surrat, Ohio, USA.
Photo by Nonda Surrat
Abies lasiocarpa var. arizonica 'Compacta' copyright of Green Industry Images, donated by Ernie Wiegand.
Photo by Ernie Wiegand
Abies lasiocarpa var. arizonica 'Compacta' at Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, Michigan, 2016.
Photo by William Dunagin