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  • Meyer's Dwarf Greek Fir Base Size 1 Quart Air-Pot

Meyer's Dwarf Greek Fir Base Size 1 Quart Air-Pot

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Botanical Reference: Abies cephalonica

A dwarf, spreading evergreen conifer with short green needles. A wonder plant for the rock garden. Prefers sun/partial shade in well-drained soil. 1' tall x 2' wide in 10 years. Hardy to -10 degrees. USDA zone 5-8.

Note: This Cultivar was grafted by Bucholz and Bucholz Nursery on to Abies firma rootstock resulting in improved heat tolerannce.


Attribution from The American Conifer Society:

Abies cephalonica 'Meyer's Dwarf' / Meyer's Dwarf Greek fir

RECOMMENDED HARDINESS ZONES:5 (-10 to -20 F / -23.3 to -28.9 C)

HORTICULTURAL STATUS: EstablishedORIGIN: UnknownCOLOR: Dark Green TRINOMIAL TYPE: CultivarGROWTH SHAPE: Broad Upright or OvalGROWTH SIZE: Dwarf: 1 to 6 inches (2.5 – 15 cm) per year / 1 to 5 feet (0.3 – 1.5 m) after 10 years


Abies cephalonica 'Meyer's Dwarf' / Meyer's Dwarf Greek fir

Abies cephalonica 'Meyer's Dwarf' is a dwarf selection of Greek fir that presents itself in many different forms presumably dependent on the nature of the scionwood used in propagation of individual plants. Its most common form is low and spreading, forming a mat of rich, glossy green needles with no tendency for apical dominance. However it is also commonly seen forming leaders and developing into a dense, squatty conical tree. Needles are shorter than typical of the species, 0.32 to 0.6 inch (8 -15 mm) long and are stiffer, tending to radiate about the shoot. Annual rate of growth is 2 to 3 inches (5 - 7.5 cm) per year.



This cultivar is of unknown origin having been distributed around Europe and eventually North American since the early 1960s. It is thought to have been introduced to the nursery trade by Hillier nursery of the United Kingdom and by Konijn nursery of The Netherlands. It is synonymous with the cultivar 'Nana' which is an illegitimate name having been published after 1959.

'Meyer's Dwarf' is one of seven selections made in 2019 for the popular ACS Collectors' Conifer of the Year Program.