Picea abies 'Piskowitz' / Piskowitz Norway spruce

Picea abies 'Piskowitz' is a an extremely growing, cute, globose to conical selection of Norway spruce with congested, clumpy branches and very tiny gray-green needles. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 12 to 16 inches (30 - 40 cm) tall and 10 inches (25 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of 1 to 2 inches (2.5 - 5 cm). This conifer is an excellent choice for small rockeries, trough plantings or special collections of dwarf and miniature conifers.

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in the 1990s by Jörg Kohout of Elstra, Germany. It is named for the nearby town of Piskowitz where he likely found the original plant mutation. The plant is sometimes seen labeled as 'Ko Piskowitz' or 'Kohout Piskowitz,' both variations on the names of the finder and where he found the plant.

Picea abies 'Piskowitz' — a very attractive young specimen in an arboretum setting.
Photo by Bill Barger
Picea abies 'Piskowitz' in Miroslav Malik's conifer collection in Czech Republic.
Photo by Miroslav Malik