Picea abies 'Luž' / Luž Norway spruce

Picea abies Luž is a irregular globose selection of Norway spruce that becomes more-or-less nest-shaped with age. Its neat, layered branches create a bit of a "fan effect" at the ends. Needles are glossy and dark green in color. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 24 inches (60 cm) tall and somewhat wide, an annual growth rate of around 2 inches (5 cm).

This cultivar originated as a witch's broom found in 1981 by Vitek Fritsche of Czech Republic. Fritsche quite likely named it for Luže, a town in the Pardubice Region of the Czech Republic. Günter Horstmann nursery of Schneverdingen, Germany heavily promoted the plant in the early 2000s, making it well known in the European nursery trade.

Picea abies 'Luž' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger
Picea abies 'Luž' — a mature specimen in an arboretum setting.
Photo by Bill Barger