Abies nordmanniana 'Starker's Dwarf' / Starker's Dwarf Nordmann fir

Abies koreana 'Starker's Dwarf' is a slow growing, dwarf, conical selection of Nordmann fir with blunt-tipped, blue-green needles that reveal silvery undersides. Plants produce good crops of seed cones from a young age. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 5 feet (1.5 m) tall and 3 feet (90 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of around 6 inches (15 cm).

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in the late 1960s by nurseryman, Carl Starker of Jennings Lodge, Oregon who received the original plant from an unknown source in Canada. It was originally introduced as a cultivar of Abies koreana, but close examination of plants reveals that it's actually nordmanniana or possibly a hybrid. Nonetheless, the unfortunate mistake persists throughout the nursery trade, world-wide.

Abies nordmanniana 'Starker's Dwarf' — this cultivar has dwarf nest form when young, developing into a mounding shape with age. Its wide and blunt-tipped needles present a striking texture. Protect from hot direct sun.
Photo by Iseli Nursery, Inc.
Abies nordmanniana 'Starker's Dwarf' — a large specimen in the Harper Collection of Dwarf & Rare Conifers at Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, Michigan; photo from August of 2005. As seen, this larger specimen as it matures becomes broadly pyramidal.
Photo by Dax Herbst