Abies nordmanniana 'Tortifolia' / twisted-needled Nordmann fir

Abies nordmanniana 'Tortifolia' is a large-growing upright, tree form of Nordmann fir with with species-typical structure; and upturned, twisted, dark-green needles. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 8 feet (2.5 m) tall and 5 feet (1.6 m) wide, an annual growth rate of around 6 inches (15 cm).

[ Conifer Kingdom Nursery, Silverton, OR: the twisted green needles of this Nordmann fir give the tree a unique texture. It grows quickly into an attractive conical form with horizontal branching. ]

This cultivar originated as a named garden selection made in the 1920s by W. B. Cuttery, Oaksdale, Long Island New York, USA. The cultivar name was first published by L.H. Baily in The Cultivated Evergreens. In the Latin language, tortifolia translates into "twisted foliage" in English.

Abies nordmanniana 'Tortifolia' — photo copyright of Green Industry Images; donated by Ernie Wiegand.
Photo by Ernie Wiegand
Abies nordmanniana 'Tortifolia' — photo copyright of Green Industry Images; donated by Ernie Wiegand.
Photo by Ernie Wiegand
Abies nordmanniana 'Tortifolia' — a closeup of foliage and pollen cones.
Photo by Sara Malone
Abies nordmanniana 'Tortifolia' — a closeup of foliage and pollen cones.
Photo by Sara Malone

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