Picea abies 'Clanbrassiliana Stricta' / Lord Clanbrassil's Stiff and Erect Norway spruce

Picea abies 'Clanbrassiliana Stricta' is a dwarf selection of Norway spruce that bears some passing resemblance to P. abies 'Clanbrassiliana', but is more conical in structure and has a more fastigiate habit in its terminal shoots. It can be further described as quick-growing, broadly pyramidal with rich, bright-green foliage. After 10 years of growth a specimen can be considered mature at 4 feet (1.2 m) tall and 2 feet (60 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of 4 to 5 inches (10 - 12.5 cm).

This cultivar originated in the late 1780s, likely found in the wild in Florence Court, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. by Lord Clanbrassil, Tollymore, Country Down, Northern Ireland. It is one of three cultivars more-or-less named in his honor. In the Latin language, Clanbrassiliana Stricta translates into "Lord Clanbrassil's Stiff and Erect Norway spruce."

Picea abies 'Clanbrassiliana Stricta' slowly matures into a beautifully compact, upright pyramidal plant. Named after Lord Clanbrassil of Ireland, who introduced several Picea abies cultivars during the late 18th century.
Photo by Iseli Nursery, Inc.
Picea abies 'Clanbrassiliana Stricta' in northwestern Pennsylvania. Dense symmetrical growth with a central leader growing 8 inches yearly at this age.
Photo by William Dunagin
Picea abies 'Clanbrassiliana Stricta' — a specimen planted over 50 years ago at the Bartlett Arboretum in Stamford, Connecticut; photo from 2020.
Photo by Katherine Wagner-Reiss