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Question about Abies pinsapo 'Horstmann'/'Horstmann Nana'

Posted by maple_grove 6 (My Page) on
Tue, Oct 2, 12 at 8:45

Are Abies pinsapo 'Horstmann' and 'Horstmann Nana' the same plant, or are these two different cultivars? When trying to sort this out, I did not find a nursery that carries them both, and I'm starting to think they're two different names for the same plant. But the descriptions are fairly different. The nana selection is described as 'prostrate and flat to the ground', whereas 'Horstmann' is described as upright and while starting slow, eventually growing into a large tree.

Can someone shed some light on the situation?


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RE: Question about Abies pinsapo 'Horstmann'/'Horstmann Nana'

Intended to post this to the discussion side.

RE: Question about Abies pinsapo 'Horstmann'/'Horstmann Nana'

It's the same plant.

RE: Question about Abies pinsapo 'Horstmann'/'Horstmann Nana'

Thanks, Clement. I thought that was the case.

I think that 'Horstmann' would have to be the correct name, is that correct?

RE: Question about Abies pinsapo 'Horstmann'/'Horstmann Nana'

It has a variable growth rate/form which is hard to predict. It can be a slow mounding shape to start but then may throw up a vigourous leader or multiple leaders and become a very large plant.

Here's Bluespruce's specimen which shows the size it can become in all directions.

Here is a link that might be useful: Abies pinsapo 'Horstmann' Foxhollow Garden

RE: Question about Abies pinsapo 'Horstmann'/'Horstmann Nana'

Wow, that's an impressive specimen. I see what you mean by "multiple leaders" - if you hadn't said that, I'd have thought that was four plants instead of one.

If anyone else has a picture of another 'Horstmann' that they'd like to share, please feel free to post it here. We might as well take advantage of the fact we're in "Galleries".

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