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Birds Nest Spruce

Picea abies 'Nidiformis'

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Birds Nest Spruce (Picea abies 'Nidiformis') at Bachman's Landscaping

Picea abies 'Nidiformis'

Picea abies 'Nidiformis'

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height: 4 feet

Spread: 5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone: 3

Other Names: Norwegian Spruce

Description:

A small dense spreading shrub which develops a characteristic depression in the center (hence the name), very unlike the species; forms a neat compact evergreen ball, adaptable and hardy; excellent choice for form and texture in the garden

Ornamental Features:

Birds Nest Spruce has green foliage which emerges lime green in spring. The needles remain green through the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The smooth gray bark is not particularly outstanding.

Landscape Attributes:

Birds Nest Spruce is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub. When pruning is necessary, it is recommended to only trim back the new growth of the current season, other than to remove any dieback. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Birds Nest Spruce is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • General Garden Use
  • Mass Planting

Plant Characteristics:

Birds Nest Spruce will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 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 50 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 type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments.

This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

 
 
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