Abies nordmanniana 'Dobřichovice' / Dobřichovice Nordmann fir

Abies nordmanniana 'Dobřichovice' is a dwarf, globose selection of Nordmann fir that, with time, becomes pyramidal. Well-grown, healthy plants will have stout uniform branching and dark-green needles that slightly curl upward, revealing silvery needle undersides. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 20 inches (50 cm) tall and 16 inches (40 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of 2 to 3 inches (5 - 7.5 cm).

This cultivar originated as a witch's broom found in 1998 by Jiří Holata of Czech Republic. Holata named the plant for Dobřichovice; a town in Prague-West District, Central Bohemian Region of Czech Republic. It lies on both banks of the river Berounka, about 15 miles (25 km) south-west of Prague. It can be presumed that's where Holata found the original broom.

Abies nordmanniana 'Dobřichovice' — a 15-year-old specimen in a private garden in France.
Photo by Arsène Sapin
Abies nordmanniana 'Dobřichovice' — a young specimen, in a private garden in western North Carolina, resplendent in a push of fresh spring growth.
Photo by Dan Spear
Abies nordmanniana 'Dobřichovice' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by David Olszyk
Abies nordmanniana 'Dobřichovice' — a young specimen in a private garden in Latvia.
Photo by Irēna Rožkalna


Josephine Howe

Abies nordmanniana 'Dobřichovice' Does anyone know the ultimate height of this conifer? I planted a very small one, less than 5 years ago (in the UK) and it's already 32" tall, looking very strong and healthy!

I fear that it's in the wrong place, so must move it soon - but where to? Will it continue to thrive if I transplant it into a container? Sincerely, Josephine

Maxwell Cohn

Hi Josephine. These plants never stop growing. If your plant is 32 inches tall after 5 years, there's nothing to prevent it from being 64 inches tall after 10 years, and 128 inches tall after 20 years. This will continue for many decades, if not centuries.

Given this information, if you want to containerize it, you'll have to shift to larger containers every second year and learn root pruning.