Abies veitchii 'Pendula' / Weeping Veitch's fir

Abies veitchii 'Pendula' is an attractive, slow growing weeping Veitch's fir. Overall, its growth habit is upright, with branches hanging over. The needles are about 1 inch (2.5 cm) long, dark green above, the needle base is decorative silver white. Annual growth is around 2.5-3.5 inches (6-8 cm) per year producing a distinctive focal point 2-3 feet (60-80 cm) tall after 10 years.

Helmers Nursery of Westerstede, Germany introduced this cultivar to the nursery trade around 1970. It was found in a batch of seedlings at the nursery. It should be noted that because this cultivar was named after 1959, 'Pendula' is illegitimate. However, the name will likely remain because of its long establishment in the trade.

Abies veitchii 'Pendula' — one of the original propagations at the Helmers nursery, Westerstede, Germany.
Photo by © Helmers nurseries GmbH