Picea abies 'Araucarioides' / Araucarioides Norway spruce

Picea abies 'Araucarioides' is a large, fast-growing, rough, rustic selection of Norway spruce with with large gaps between branch whorls, few branchlets or buds, and in the words of Welch and Haddow in The World Checklist of Conifers, "curious foliage that is suggestive of Araucaria ararcana." It is doubtful whether this plant exists in cultivation except for a few old specimens on historic arboretums.

The original plant was found in 1905 by Dr. István Saághy in Kámoni Arboretum, Szombathely, Hungary. Ludwig Beissner formal described it in botanical literature in 1905. In the Latin language, "araucarioides" translates into "resembling Araucaria."

Picea abies 'Araucarioides' — pictured is a misnamed specimen of what is clearly a Picea glauca seen in a nursery in Poland, so the true identity is speculative at best.
Photo by Dariusz Burdan