Picea abies

  • Picea abies 'Gold Drift' in May

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Picea abies (common name Norway spruce) is very common in my area, and often planted as wind break. I have one in the garden that I adopted from an abandoned nursery bed as a cute little slanting seedling to be trained as a bonsai, but I didn’t get around to do that. Now, it is a big sprawling leaning dark green spruce that looks very strange, and I am not sure what to do with it.

Picea abies ‘Acro-Yellow’

Picea abies ‘Aurea’

It looks like a regular picea abies except the new spring growth can be quite yellow. It is a very fast grower; this was 2 m high when I planted it more than 10 years ago. It now probably stands at about 8-10 m. I believe the yellow new growth is no longer as bright as it was when it was younger.

Picea abies ‘Clanbrassiliana’

A dwarf dark green spruce that is good for background against perennials; maintenance free like Picea g. ‘Albertiana’ but better green colour. My plants are irregularly mound shaped, and are left un-pruned. Both my plants are more than 18 years old.
It is reputed to be one of the earliest dwarf conifers introduced into gardens. Some collectors’ specimen appear more pyramidal in shape.

Picea abies ‘Nidiformis’

This spruce is so common in the nuseries around here since day one that one can become really tired of it.

Picea abies ‘Perry’s Gold’

This is a collectors’ favourite; striking golden new growth contrasting against the dark green foliage, and remains a relatively small compact size. Unfortunately, my plant was severely ‘pruned’ to the main stem by rabbit in 2012 winter. I will need to get a replacement if I can find it.

Picea abies ‘Pumila’

This is one cutting rooted successfully just before the mother plant died more than 15 years ago. I lost the original name tag, but based on the names registered in my database, ‘Pumila’ appears to be the closest match in appearance and characteristics. So I tentatively identified it as such. Other than being dwarf, compact, and nice dark green, it does not have many distinguishing ornamental attributes.

Picea abies ‘Rick’s White Tip’

It has beautiful white new growth in spring. It will eventually be a big tree. In 2012, when the spring was extremely early and hot, the new growth appears less white than usual.
I should note that RHS Encyclopedia does not list Picea abies ‘Rick’s White Tip’. It includes a Picea pungens ‘Rick’s White Tip’ and stated that it is from Buchholz. My plant is likely from Buchholz, and its catalog only shows Picea abies ‘Rick’s White Tip’. I will keep this name for now.

Picea abies ‘Rubra Spicata’

It has interesting reddish new growth in spring.

Picea abies 'Acro-Yellow' in May

Picea abies ‘Acro-Yellow’ in May


Picea abies 'Aurea' in spring

Picea abies ‘Aurea’ in spring


Picea abies 'Aurea' spring new foliage

Picea abies ‘Aurea’ spring new foliage


Picea abies 'Clanbrassiliana'

Picea abies ‘Clanbrassiliana’


Picea abies 'Nidiformis'

Picea abies ‘Nidiformis’


Picea abies 'Perry's Gold' with new spring foliage

Picea abies ‘Perry’s Gold’ with new spring foliage


Picea abies 'Pumila'

Picea abies ‘Pumila’


Picea abies 'Rick's White Tip' with spring foliage

Picea abies ‘Rick’s White Tip’ with spring foliage


Picea abies 'Rick's White Tip'

Picea abies ‘Rick’s White Tip’

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