Abies x arnoldiana 'Poulsen' / Poulsen Arnold fir

Abies x arnoldiana 'Poulsen' is best described as a flat, spreading dwarf cultivar of Arnold fir, a cross of Abies koreana x Abies veitchii. 'Poulsen' is distinguished through its attractive bi-colored foliage and copious large purple seed cones, produced from an early age. Annual growth is 2 to 4 inches (5 - 10 cm), more outward than upward, producing an arching, flat mound 1 foot (30 cm) tall and 8 feet (2.4 m) wide after 10 years of growth.

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected through deliberate cross-pollination attempts in 1983 at Poulsen Nursery, Copenhagen, Denmark.

a nice big mature specimen of Abies x arnoldiana 'Poulsen' at Flora Wonder Arboretum, Gaston, Oregon.
Photo by David Olszyk
Abies x arnoldiana 'Poulsen' — a closeup of foliage and mature seed cones.
Photo by David Olszyk
Abies × arnoldiana 'Poulsen' — a closeup of foliage and seed cones in early spring.
Photo by Janice LeCocq
Abies × arnoldiana 'Poulsen'
Photo by Len Stubenfoll