Abies balsamea is native to our cottage. We have plenty of them in the forest there. This is one of those conifers that seems to like our cold northern climate over the southern heat. I find its dark green foliage much more ornamental than most other grey green conifers like Picea and Junipers etc.
Abies balsamea ‘Eugene’s Gold’
This is one of the most ornamental conifers in my garden. The beautiful light gold foliage is maintained throughout the season. Its compact low spreading habit is supposed to be turning into a small tree as a leader develop. Mine is showing sign of developing a leader. I would like both a compact low spreading form or a compact upright form of this tree. Perhaps, it is time to get a second one and keep both forms.
This cultivar originated from a yellow sport by Kate Brook Nursery in U.S.A.
Abies balsamea ‘Nana’
This is a very common dwarf conifer seen in most nurseries. I still think it is way under used in home gardens. I have a very small dwarf Abies balsamea in my rockery garden that came without a label. I tentatively identify it as Abies balsamea ‘Nana’.
Abies balsamea ‘Tyler Blue’
This is the only ‘blue’ cultivar of Abies balsamea that I have come across. Its compact pyramidal form would make it a very desirable garden design object.
This cultivar was found as a seedling in a Christmas tree farm by George Tyler of New Hampshire in USA.