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, Thuringer Forest, Germany, by Professor Dr. Thomas.

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Comments

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.