Abies veitchii 'Rumburk' / Rumburk Veitch's fir

Abies veitchii 'Rumburk' is a dense, miniature, nest-forming selection of Veitch's fir. It has a slightly-irregular growth habit growing 1 - 3 inches (2.5 - 7.6 cm) annually, eventually becoming a shrubby tree, approximately 20 inches (50 cm) wide by 28 inches (71 cm) high after 10 years. The needles are silver and Blue-gray and create a shimmering effect due to exposures of the needles' undersides.

'Rumburk' originated from a witch's broom found near Rumburk, Czech Republic by Ladizslav Fritsche in 1972. It should be emphasized that all cultivars of Abies veitchii tend to perform better in well-drained, moisture retentive soil with protection from hot afternoon sun.

Abies veitchii 'Rumburk' at Hobbiton Gardens, Port Orchard, WA.
Photo by Will Fletcher