Picea abies 'Mucronata' / pointed Norway spruce

Picea abies 'Mucronata' is a robust, bushy, squat-pyramidal selection of Norway spruce with dense branches that hold radially arranged, dark-green needles. With age, plants will develop more of a dense, tree-like form. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 3 feet (1 m) tall and wide, an annual growth rate of 3 to 4 inches (7.5 - 10 cm).

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in 1835 by Pierre Louis Briot, chief horticulturist at Trianon Gardens, Versailles France. John Claudius Louden formally described it in 1842 in his book, The Encyclopedia of Trees and Shrubs. "Mucronata" translates into "pointed" in the Latin language.

Picea abies 'Mucronata' in the Harper Collection of Dwarf & Rare Conifers at Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, Michigan, August 2005.
Photo by Dax Herbst
Picea abies 'Mucronata' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger
Picea abies 'Mucronata' — an old specimen that was planted as a dwarf conifer over 50 years ago at the Bartlett Arboretum. Stamford, Connecticut.
Photo by Katherine Wagner-Reiss