Picea abies 'Hillside Upright' / Hillside Upright Norway spruce

Picea abies 'Hillside Upright' is a distinctly unusual fast-growing selection of Norway spruce with a heavy central leader, very sparse, irregular branching, and an occasional branch holding clusters of buds. Foliage is extremely dark-green and tapering like a foxtail toward a prominent, reddish brown terminal bud. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 4.5 feet (1.5 m) tall and 1.5 feet (50 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of 4 to 6 inches (10 - 15 cm)

This cultivar originated as a witch's broom found by around 1970 Layne Ziegenfuss of Hillside Nursery, Lehighton, Pennsylvania.

Picea abies 'Hillside Upright — photo record donated by Richard and Susan Eyre.
Photo by Rich's Foxwillow Pines Nursery, Inc
Picea abies 'Hillside Upright' — nice thick prickly branches. Brown buds and one of the darkest Greens in the garden. One of my favorite conifers.
Photo by Len Stubenfoll
Picea abies 'Hillside Upright' in the Harper Collection of Dwarf & Rare Conifers, at Hidden Lake Gardens in Tipton, Michigan, August 2005.
Photo by Dax Herbst
Picea abies 'Hillside Upright' in a private garden in Kansas, October 2006.
Photo by David Stegmaier
Picea abies 'Hillside Upright' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger