Pseudotsuga menziesii 'Skyline' / Skyline Douglas-fir

Pseudotsuga menziesii 'Skyline' is a robust, fast-growing selection of Douglas-fir with bizarre, monstrous, snake-like branching, very little lateral growth and attractive powder-Blue needles. It's form is reminiscent of the various snake forms of Norway spruce. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 10 to 15 feet (3 - 5 m) tall and 4.5 to 9 feet (1.5 - 3 m) wide, an annual growth rate exceeding 12 inches (30 cm).

This cultivar originated as a unique specimen found in 1986 by Oregon's Otto Solburger growing as a street tree along Portland's Skyline Drive. Buchholz & Buchholz Nursery of Gaston Oregon introduced it to the nursery trade in the early 1990s.

Pseudotsuga menziesii 'Skyline' — a well-tended young plant in a private garden in Wisconsin.
Photo by Randy Nelson