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."

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