Picea abies 'Güdüla' / Güdüla Norway spruce

Picea abies 'Güdüla' is an irregular upright, vigorous selection of Norway spruce with disparate branching and very short needles that are somewhat longer to the base of the shoot, creating a foxtail effect. The conifer is a botanical oddity, well suited for enthusiasts looking for a conversation piece in the garden. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 6 feet (2 m) tall and 4 feet (1.3 m) wide, an annual growth rate of 6 to 8 inches (15 - 20 cm).

For a fairly new plant in the nursery trade, Güdüla has very little available historical information available. It is thought to have originated in German in the mid-1980s. In 1987 P.A. Schmidt described it in his book, Beitrage zur Geholzkunde. (Contributions to the Science of Woody Plants).

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