Picea abies 'Hildburghausen' / Hildburghausen Norway spruce

Picea abies 'Hildburghausen' is a very symmetrical, globose selection of Norway spruce that will maintain perfect shape with no pruning. All terminal buds will push at the same rate of growth of about 1 inch (2.5 cm) per year. After 10 years in the garden, a specimen will be considered mature at 24 inches (60 cm) tall and wide, an annual growth rate of around 2 inches.

This cultivar originated as a witch's broom found in the town of Hildburghausen in central Germany and introduced to the nursery trade by G. Böhme nursery around 1990.

Picea abies 'Hildburghausen' growing in northwestern Pennsylvania.
Photo by William Dunagin
Picea abies 'Hildburghausen' — a mature specimen in an arboretum setting.
Photo by Bill Barger
Picea abies 'Hildburghausen' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger