Picea abies 'Heartland Gem' / Heartland Gem Norway spruce

Picea abies 'Heartland Gem' is a low, mounding selection of Norway spruce. It is very similar to P. abies 'Little Gem' but with a lower and flatter form. After 10 years, a mature specimen will measure 12 to 18 inches (30 - 45 cm) wide and 8 to 10 inches (20 - 25 cm) high, an annual growth rate of less than 2 inches (5 cm)

This cultivar originated as a witch's broom that appeared on a specimen of Picea abies 'Nidiformis.' Chub Harper gave Randy Dykstra the mother plant before the broom formed. The plant is still growing in Randy's garden in Fulton, Illinois.

Picea abies'Heartland Gem' at Bickelhaupt Arboretum, Clinton, Iowa in the Heartland Collection of Garden Conifers, October 2005.
Photo by Dax Herbst
Picea abies 'Heartland Gem' — a mature plant in an arboretum setting.
Photo by Bill Barger
Picea abies 'Heartland Gem' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger