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Picea abies 'Nidiformis'

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PY-see--uh A-bees ni-du-FORM-iss
Description

A slow-growing dwarf cultivar that is appropriately named bird's nest spruce due to the depression (nest) in the middle of its tight, compact, mounded habit.  Grown for its beautiful foliage.  

The branches are spreading, horizontal to slightly ascending, making its form a dense, broad-rounded, shrubby, flattened globe.

Although it typically grows to 1-2' tall and 3-4' wide during the first 10 years, it can mature to up to 8' tall and 10-12' wide.  

Some minor insect and disease issues do exist.  They include canker, wood decay, needle cast, and rust.  Insects affecting this plant include aphids, bagworms, cutworms, and borers.

Water regularly in extreme heat or when planting in containers.

VIDEO Created by Elizabeth Meyer for "Trees, Shrubs and Conifers" a plant identification course offered in partnership with Longwood Gardens.

 

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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Picea
    Species:
    abies
    Family:
    Pinaceae
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Grafting
    Stem Cutting
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts birds
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Rounded
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    NC Region:
    Mountains
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3b, 3a, 4b, 4a, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Length:
    > 3 inches
    Fruit Description:
    A pendulous cone containing seeds
  • Flowers:
    Flower Description:
    Non-flowering
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Horizontal layers of dark, dull gray-green leaves, thin and slightly curved, crowded on the branches
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Lawn
    Meadow
    Naturalized Area
    Patio
    Walkways
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Rock Garden
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Mass Planting
    Specimen