Picea abies 'Girard's Monstrosa Broom' / Girard's Monstrosa Broom Norway spruce

Picea abies 'Girard's Monstrosa Broom' is a irregular, flattened globose selection of Norway spruce with clumpy, stubby random branching, very short light Blue-green needles and prominent pale-orange buds. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 10 inches (25 cm) tall and wide, an annual growth rate of around 1 inch (2.5 cm).

This is rather obscure cultivar and very little is known of it. One can assume that it was a witch's broom found in the early 2000s by Girard Nursery of Geneva, Ohio. The only available photographic evidence is a photo from a private garden in Czech Republic. It is not likely to be a mutation on P. abies 'Monstrosa.'

Picea abies 'Girard's Monstrosa Broom' in a private collection in Czech Republic.
Photo by Frantisek Bourovec