Frist graft of first Abies amabilis broom discovered by Davisons.
Abies amabilis ‘Sway’ February 2022, buds showing activity!

About Abies amabilis ‘Sway’: This was the very first Abies amabilis broom we discovered. The tree and broom are truly lovely, aptly named “amabilis”. While walking along the Pacific Crest Trail, the broom silhouette was spotted in the skyline. We have been watching this broom for a number of years and finally had an opportunity to harvest a few scions during our mild November in 2021. Our new grafts are showing some activity in April 2022. Looking good so far! Hopefully success since the broom is so challenging to access during grafting season!

Pacific fir broom, 'Sway'!


Abies concolor ‘Wildcat’ is an interesting white fir broom discovered on the Northern Michigan University campus, home of the “Wildcats”! The broom itself was the size of a soccer ball, with dense powdery blue foliage. It grows less than 1 inch per year.

Abies concolor 'Wildcat' white fir conifer broom
Abies concolor ‘Wildcat’ broom
Abies concolor 'Wildcat' new cultivar with Spring push
Abies concolor ‘Wildcat’ new cultivar with Spring push!
Abies concolor 'Wildcat' new cultivar with Spring growth
Abies concolor ‘Wildcat’ new cultivar with Spring push!
Abies concolor 'Wildcat' new cultivar fir broom with powder blue foliage and dark buds
Abies concolor ‘Wildcat’ new cultivar with powder blue foliage and dark buds


Close up branch of variegated grand fir tree Abies grandis 'Grandiose'
Close up of colorful variegated branch, Abies grandis ‘Grandiose’

About Abies grandis ‘Grandiose’: We have always had a fascination with variegated conifers, always on the look out for sports, and the even more elusive trees, that show color variegation. The coloration is usually easiest to identify when the conditions are overcast or at dusk. We found this young Grand fir tree in the backroads of the Cascade Mountains of eastern Washington in November 2020 during our expedition to harvest other specimens. We were on our way home in the late afternoon, just after harvesting Abies amabilis ‘Little Star’ when this colorful conifer was spotted.

Harvesting a few scions for grafting Abies grandis 'Grandiose'
Harvesting a few scions of this variegated Grand fir, ‘Grandiose’

This is the second Grand fir variegated tree that we have found. The other, Abies grandis ‘Grand Prize’ was discovered a few years ago, and the grafted cultivars of ‘Grand Prize’ are doing very well, even in the eastern Washington high desert conditions. We are hoping for the same results with this new cultivar, Abies grandis ‘Grandiose’ as the coloration is more diffuse for this specimen.

Grand fir Abies grandis 'Grandiose' with colorful variegation
Abies grandis ‘Grandiose’ has diffuse variegations throughout the fir tree

Abies grandis ‘Grandiose’ scions were grafted immediately after harvest, in November 2020, and the buds and cambium looked very healthy!

Freshly grafted scion of Abies grandis 'Grandiose'
Freshly grafted scion of Abies grandis ‘Grandiose’


About Abies amabilis ‘Rock Star’: This Pacific Silver fir broom was discovered during a day trip up in the Cascade Mountains of eastern Washington in the summer of 2020. The Abies amabilis parent tree of this new cultivar was growing along the edge of a crumbling rock bluff.

Abies amabilis 'Rock Star' conifer broom
Abies amabilis ‘Rock Star’ broom

We returned in November to harvest scions, and to make matters worse, the rocky bluff was covered with loose rocks, moss, and ferns, so that the trip up was slippery and challenging with the long pole pruner!

Abies amabilis 'Rock Star' newly harvested branch with scions for grafting
‘Rock Star’ on the rocks

Fortunately, we were able to harvest just a portion of this Abies amabilis conifer broom, to leave most of the remainder of ‘Rock Star’ intact!

Abies amabilis 'Rock Star' freshly grafted scion in December 2020.
Abies amabilis ‘Rock Star’ fresh graft

This new Abies amabilis cultivar graft is safely tucked away in the green house for now. We are eagerly awaiting to see this Rock Star’s performance!


About Abies amabilis ‘Little Star’: This ‘Little Star’ was discovered in the Pacific Northwest Cascade mountain range during the summer of 2020. The tiny Abies amabilis broom sat atop the end of a long branch, and became visible as it bounced around in the breeze between the shadows and sunlight. It was illuminated by a ray of sunshine amidst a dark background forest of moss covered branches.

Abies amabilis 'Little Star' broom with mossy background.

We returned in November 2020, a few days before the first eastern Cascade mountains snow storm of the season, to harvest this conifer broom, along with the beautiful variegated Abies amabilis ‘Colorific’. This time, the ‘Little Star’ was enhanced by the beautiful color change of autumn.

Abies amabilis 'Little Star' broom in autumn
Abies amabilis ‘Little Star’ broom with an autumn color backdrop
Mike with his pole saw, open season for harvesting conifer brooms.

The pruner on a 22 foot pole was too short to reach the broom. The silky saw on a longer pole was also too short, but thankfully, there was a 3 foot stump directly underneath to stand on, and the branch holding the broom was barely within reach!

Mike showing off his new Pacific Silver fir broom, 'Little Star'
It’s a keeper!

Much to our delight, the Abies amabilis ‘Little Star’ was a miniature broom with tiny dense short branches! The center had some brown needles. They may have been shaded from of debris collecting in the center of the dense broom.

Close up of conifer broom, Abies amabilis 'Little Star'
Close up of Abies amabilis ‘Little Star’ broom

This Pacific silver fir broom was grafted in early November 2020 and the scions of this new cultivar had great cambium for grafting!

Newly grafted Abies amabilis 'Little Star' cultivar
Twinkle Twinkle ‘Little Star’!

There’s a twinkle in it’s buds!



Colorific‘ pollen sacs February 2022
Pacific fir Abies amabilis 'Colorific' colorful sport branch
Abies amabilis ‘Colorific’

About Abies amabilis ‘Colorific’: This intensely colorful Pacific silver fir variegated sport was discovered during the summer of 2020.

Abies amabilis 'Colorific' vigorous and large variegated branch.
Abies amabilis ‘Colorific’ scions from a large vigorous variegated branch

The very large heavily variegated branch, measuring greater that 10 feet in the tree, was the most vigorous and healthy of any of the variegated amabilis specimens we have found so far. The other Davison variegated Abies amabilis cultivar grafts have met with limited success. Only a few of each have survived, probably partly because they had to be grafted in the fall, due to access issues in the snowy mountains. We are cautiously optimistic that ‘Colorific’ will be a beautiful and colorful new variegated cultivar that should graft well! We have acquired experience through trial and error, and the branch was so healthy appearing! A few scions of Abies amabilis ‘Colorific’ were grafted in early November! The cambium was great! We also sent scions to our friend, Paulie Seidel, who has been grafting now for a couple years, with a great success rate! Keeping our fingers crossed!

Abies amabilis 'Colorific' grafted on to Abies amabilis understock seedling.
Abies amabilis ‘Colorific’

The scions were grafted in early November 2020 on to Abies amabilis understock seedlings. The grafts are covered with plastic baggies to contain humidity (removed for photo). There are more scions on the parent tree for later if this proves to be a good one!


About Abies amabilis ‘Galaxy’. Our friends from the Czech Republic gave us directions to an Abies procera broom and we were on an expedition to find it. The road to the other broom was blocked, but not for naught when Mike found this cool Abies amabilis broom instead! This Pacific silver fir broom has a flattened dense growth habit, long needles, and a nice look. It grafted beautifully! We have a couple grafts in the greenhouse and the buds are getting plump and green (not ideal, too soon, I know!). Other ‘Galaxy’ grafts are housed in a cooler environment, and we shared scions of this new cultivar with friends in Oregon. We will see!

Pacific silver fir broom in the tree.
Abies amabilis ‘Galaxy’ broom in the tree, discovered in late October 2020!
Mike  with his freshly harvested new Pacific fir broom, 'Galaxy'!
Mike was able to harvest this beautiful Abies amabilis broom ‘Galaxy’.

Abies amabilis ‘Galaxy’ broom was barely within reach of the pole saw. It was so dense that Mike was unable to get the saw through the broom to harvest just a piece. And the wood was extremely dense and he had difficulty sawing through it…

Abies amabilis 'Galaxy' broom, view from the top
Abies amabilis ‘Galaxy’ broom, nice spreading growth form.
Abies amabilis 'Galaxy', showing flattened side view.
Abies amabilis ‘Galaxy’ broom, side view, flattened growth habit!

So the entire broom was harvested, but one can appreciate the interesting habit as the whole broom can be seen, disc-like and flat, like most galaxies, with a very nice growth pattern!


Grand fir parent tree with golden variegation throughout, Abies grandis 'Grand Prize'!
Abies grandis parent tree with golden variegation throughout, ‘Grand Prize’!

Abies grandis ‘Grand Prize’ is a new cultivar from a golden variegated Pacific grand fir that was discovered while hiking in the eastern Cascade mountain range of Washington state. The golden variegation was present throughout the tree and the new grafts are pushing with yellow variegated foliage that persists throughout the year! It was found by the Davisons on the same day as a fully golden variegated Pinus monticola, ‘Monti’s Gold‘. It was accessed during the winter via snowmobile and the entire tree, which was at least 10 feet tall, was buried under snow. Mike was able to figure out the location based on the surrounding landmarks and dug out a few branches to gather cuttings, and nearly all of the grafted scions pushed.

Abies grandis 'Monti's Gold' buried in snow
Beautiful golden variegation on Pacific grand fir, Abies grandis 'Grand Prize'.
Abies grandis ‘Grand Prize’ with beautiful golden variegation
new golden variegated growth on Abies grandis 'Grand Prize'.
Abies grandis ‘Grand Prize’ graft with new golden variegated growth.


Abies amabilis ‘Pulsar’, is a new cultivar from a Pacific silver fir broom that was discovered in the eastern Cascade mountain range of Washington at an elevation of almost exactly 1 mile (5276 feet per our Altitude app!). It is an extremely dense and old appearing broom. So we decided to name it ‘Pulsar’. We harvested a few scions in the fall of 2018 and they pushed nicely, and developed multiple new buds! We gathered more scions in November 2019, to share with other enthusiasts! While harvesting this “Star” broom, we also found a tight little broom that we named Abies amabilis ‘Stellar’! At present, there are only 1 or 2 Abies amabilis cultivars commercially available, which includes the beautiful and sought after ‘Spreading Star’ which originated as a seedling in the Netherlands before 1960.

Very old appearing broom on a Pacific fir tree.
Abies amabilis ‘Pulsar’
Nice green foliage in the summer!
Close up of Abies amabilis broom 'Pulsar'
Close up of a portion of the Pacific silver broom ‘Pulsar’
Abies amabilis 'Pulsar' cultivar graft producing numerous buds.
Abies amabilis ‘Pulsar’ grafted in the Autumn 2018 and pushing in the Spring 2019
Mike holding a newly harvested branch of Abies amabilis ‘Pulsar’
Nice healthy looking piece of Abies amabilis ‘Pulsar’
Abies amabilis ‘Pulsar’
Abies amabilis ‘Pulsar’
Abies amabilis ‘Pulsar’