Picea abies 'Cupressina' / Cupressina Norway spruce

Picea abies 'Cupressina' is a fast growing, narrow, columnar, tree-form of Norway spruce with reasonably dense, fastigiate branching holding attractive dark green needles that assume a bluish cast in winter in colder climates. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 6 feet (2 m) tall and 2 feet (60 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of 6 to 8 inches (15 - 20 cm).

'Cupressina' is a plant that is not to be recommended for places prone to harsh winters, as the branches are highly prone to splaying open under a heavy load of snow or ice.

This cultivar was found 1904 as a natural mutation growing in the wild in Fambach, Thüringer Forest, Germany, by Professor Dr. Thomas.

Picea abies 'Cupressina' with a nice display of spring flush of fresh foliage.
Photo by Bill Hoffman


Rodger Inglis

I reside in AZ 5b in Ontario, Canada. My first tree is growing at a rate of 16 inches a year. It is now 40 feet tall and circa 6 feet wide at my chest height. It has never suffered any snow damage in 20 years. I purchased a second tree 2 years ago. It is 10 feet tall with a growth rate of 12 inches a year. This year it was attacked by a borer or weevil which necessitated an excision of the branch below the infestation.

Holly Curtis

How did you recognize the weevil, Roger? My tree is about 20+ feet tall and is the central figure in my fenced yard—I dearly want to take care of it—this year I see the branches look a little “sad” and weak—so I am curious—what should I be looking for and how is it treated? Thanks—!