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Meyer's Dwarf Greek Fir

Abies cephalonica 'Meyer's Dwarf'

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Meyer's Dwarf Greek Fir (Abies cephalonica 'Meyer's Dwarf') at Stonegate Gardens

Meyer's Dwarf Greek Fir

Meyer's Dwarf Greek Fir

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Height:  3 feet

Spread:  6 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Other Names:  Grecian Fir


A low maintenance garden shrub with short, dense green needles on a low spreading shrub, an excellent plant for massing, or as a rock garden specimen; particular as to siting

Ornamental Features

Meyer's Dwarf Greek Fir has attractive dark green foliage which emerges light green in spring. The needles are highly ornamental and remain dark green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Meyer's Dwarf Greek Fir is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Meyer's Dwarf Greek Fir is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Meyer's Dwarf Greek Fir will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in sandy soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Massing  Rock  Garden 
Foliage Color  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features

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