Pseudotsuga menziesii 'Green Barrel' / Green Barrel Douglas-fir

Pseudotsuga menziesii 'Green Barrel' is a dwarf, upright selection of Douglas-fir with extremely dense fastigiate branching and pale green needles. Mature trees definitely resemble green barrels! After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 40 inches (1 m) tall and 24 inches (60 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of 2 to 3 inches (5 - 7.5 cm).

Despite being a very attractive plant which be effective in most any landscape, it is virtually unknown in the nursery trade. 'Green Barrel' most likely originated from a witch's broom. Mature specimens exist on the grounds of Buchholz Nursery, leading one to assume that Talon Buccholz was responsible for its naming and introduction.

Pseudotsuga menziesii 'Green Barrel' — a mature specimen in the Flora Wonder Arboretum at Buchholz Nursery, Gaston, Oregon.
Photo by David Olszyk
Pseudotsuga menziesii 'Green Barrel' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by David Olszyk