Picea abies 'Minutifolia' / Minute Leafed Norway spruce

Picea abies 'Minutifolia' is a slow-growing, conical selection of Norway spruce with short, thin branches, densely crowded branchlets and extremely tiny, dark-green needles, only 0.08 to 0.12 inch (2 - 3 mm) long. The needles are radially arranged rather densely about the stem and grow outward at a 30-degree angle. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 4.5 to 6 feet (1.5 - 2 m) tall, an annual growth rate of 6 to 8 inches (15 - 20 cm).

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in the early 1920s by F.J. Grootendorst & Sons Nursery, Boskoop, The Netherlands. In the Latin language, "minutifolia" translates into "minute leaves."

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Picea abies 'Minutifolia' at University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.
Photo by Dave's Garden.com
Picea abies 'Minutifolia' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by NetPS Plantfinder

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