Picea abies 'Motala' / Motala Norway spruce

Picea abies 'Motala' is a dwarf, flattened-globose selection of Norway spruce with symmetrical semi-fastigiate branches that hold blunt-tipped, radially arranged green needles with a silver-Blue cast. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 20 inches (50 cm) tall and 32 inches (80 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of 2 to 3 inches (5 - 7.5 cm).

This cultivar originated as a witch's broom found in the early 1970s by an identified friend of of conifer collector / enthusiast Tage Lundell of Helsingborg, Sweden. Motala is the name of a town in Sweden where the original witch's broom was presumably discovered.

Picea abies 'Motala' — a closeup of foliage detail. Fresh growth is bright green. Blue highlights begin to appear as the fresh shoots harden off.
Photo by Bill Barger
Picea abies 'Motala' — a young plant in a private garden.
Photo by Bill Barger