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Picea abies 'Nidiformis' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub or Conifer

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H7 (very hardy)

Colour

Foliage

Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

1-1.5 metres

Ultimate spread

2.5-4 metres

Time to ultimate height

20-50 years


Preferred common name

Norway spruce 'Nidiformis'

Family

Pinaceae


Picea are evergreen trees with rigid, needle-like leaves arranged singly all round the shoots, and narrow, leathery-scaled cones borne near the ends of the shoots

'Nidiformis' is a dense, spreading, flat-topped evergreen dwarf shrub, wider than tall, with short dark green needles

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing, North-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in moist but well-drained acidic soil. Shelter from cold drying winds

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid or Neutral
  • Loam, Clay or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by grafting or semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Low Maintenance or Rock Garden


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be attacked by adelgids, aphids and conifer red spider mite

Diseases

Generally disease free