Picea abies 'Mikulášovice' / Mikulášovice Norway spruce

Picea abies 'Mikulášovice' is a highly desirable and distinctive selection of Norway spruce. It's overall form is irregularly globose with dense random branches that hold very thick dark green needles. Extraordinarily thick terminal shoots with longer, thicker needles often appear to add to the visual effect. This is a great choice for collectors in search of unusual-looking conifers

After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 12 to 18 inches (30 - 35 cm) tall and wide, an annual growth rate of 1 to 1.5 inches (2.5 - 3.5 cm).

The origin of this cultivar is somewhat speculative. It is thought to have come from a witch's broom found in 1960 by someone named, Cábel from Czech Republic. Horstmann Nursery of Schneverdingen, Germany is thought to have have introduced it the nursery trade. Mikulášovice is the name of a town in Czech Republic where the broom was likely discovered. A Polish cultivar called 'Krnak' is virtually identical and is thought by most to be a renaming.

Picea abies 'Mikulášovice' — a young plant in a private garden.
Photo by Bill Barger