Is this worthwhile adding to my collection,....or is it just another minor variation and therefore only suitable for the obsessive/compulsive members of our ....Obsession?
one might question it in z5 ... depending on micro climate ...
arrowhead or gee's????
The two plants I purchased had a very good, appealing amount of variegation in the spring, but it fades toward the end of summer and is difficult to see in the middle of winter. I am very happy with it, but I'm a sucker for variegated conifers--especially fir trees. I'd say go for it because it is supposed to be hardy to Zone 4!
Here's a picture of the best variegated branch I could find in March:
And here is a picture of the beautiful pollen cones which seem plentiful even on young (7-year-old) plants! A beautiful contrast with the variegation.
It's a nice little tree with a creamy white variegation.
The only disadvantage is that some branches will revert back to normal green so the green parts must be pruned.
The true name for this one is Abies homolepis 'Variegated', not 'Variegata' or 'Aureovariegata'...
Are you sure about the name ? this cultivar are selected by Hesse nurseries, I don't know when.
But in her 79/80' catalogue he are listed :
Abies homolepis "Aureo-variegata" neuheit H.A.Hesse. (New)
Yep, I'm sure.
The variegation is white, so it can never be 'Aureovariegata' which means "golden variegated" in English.
'Aureovariega' is also illegitimate because Latin cultivar names may not be used after 1959.