Picea abies ‘Nidiformis’

Scientific name: Picea abies ‘Nidiformis’


Common names: “Birds nest spruce” “Norway spruce”

Plant Type: Evergreen conifer


Zone: 2-8

Light: Full sun best – semi-shade

Exposure: Exposed or sheltered, shelter from cold drying winds

Soil: Deep acidic soil

Moisture: Moist well drained


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Plant Size: H 2-6′ W 4-6′

Leaf and Stem shape:  rigid, dark green, needle-like leaves arranged all around the shoots

Flower: Female cones hang down and fall intactImage result for picea abies nidiformis

Pruning: None required if given enough space, otherwise new growth can be trimmed but won’t grow back from old wood

Maintenance: Low, doesn’t transplant well

Landscape use: Rock garden, low screens, groundcover

Propagate: By seed, cuttings and grafting

Pests & Disease: Generally healthy

*Deer resistant

Comments: ~AGM winner, each fallen needle leaves a little peg around the stem or all spruce trees

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