Picea abies 'Argenteospica' / Silvertip Norway spruce

Picea abies 'Argenteospica' is a relatively slow-growing, tree-form of Norway spruce that is virtually identical to the typical species with the exception of the spring push of fresh foliage which is bright creamy white in color that darkens to rich green later in the season. It's slightly slower growth rate is likely attributable to the few months of decreased chlorophyll each spring. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 6 feet (1.8 m) tall and 4 feet (1.2 m) wide, annual growth rate of 6 to 8 inches (15 - 20 cm).

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in the late 1800s by Herm. A. Hesse Nursery, Weener am Ems, Germany. Ludwig Beissner formally described it in botanical literature in 1891 in Handbuch der Nadelholzkunde. In the Latin language, "argenteopica" translates into "silver spikes."

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Picea abies 'Argenteospica' — a stunning silvery-white flush in spring.
Photo by SZKÓŁKI KUROWSCY
Picea abies 'Argenteospica' — a super closeup of spring foliage.
Photo by Sam Pratt
Picea abies 'Argenteospica' — a mature plant at a nursery stock yard in Poland.
Photo by SZKÓŁKI KUROWSCY

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