Picea abies 'Four Winds' / Four Winds Norway spruce

Picea abies 'Four Winds' is a globose selection of Norway spruce with shiny, long, dark green needles that grow somewhat incurved. Older plants will eventually develop some apical dominance and become squatly conical. After 10 years, a mature specimen will measure 3 feet (1 m) tall and 16 inches (40 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of 3 to 4 inches (7.5 - 10 cm).

This cultivar originated at Four Winds Nursery, Alice Holt, United Kingdom and introduced to the nursery trade in 1980 by Ken Potts. The nature of the origin (i.e., seedling, witch's broom, other) is unknown.

Picea abies 'Four Winds' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger
Picea abies 'Four Winds' — a mature specimen in an arboretum setting.
Photo by Bill Barger