Picea abies 'Norrköping' / Norrköping Norway spruce

Picea abies 'Norrköping' is a relatively slow growing upright tree form of Norway spruce with typical symmetrical horizontal branches holding light green needles. It is distinctive with a bright yellow flush of new growth in spring. Although reported to not like windy conditions, 'Norrkoping' does not seem to burn in full sun, once established.

After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 4.5 feet (1.5 m) tall and 30 inches (75 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of 4 to 6 inches (10 - 15 cm).

This cultivar originated as presumably a branch color sport found by Tage Lundell of Helsingborg, Sweden. Norrköping is the name of a town in eastern Sweden, where Lundell likely found the original mutation.

Picea abies 'Norrköpping' — a nice mature plant in an arboretum setting.
Photo by Bill Barger
Picea abies 'Norrköpping' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger
Picea abies 'Norrköpping' — a very handsome, mature specimen.
Photo by Bill Barger