Picea abies 'Pusch' / Pusch Norway spruce

Picea abies 'Pusch' is a dwarf, spreading, globose selection of Norway spruce with lateral, layered branching and species-typical dark-green needles. Because of its propensity of producing seed cones at the terminal bud, it is not known to ever form apical dominance. After 10 years of growth a mature specimen will measure 18 inches (45 cm) tall and wide, an annual growth rate of 1 to 2 inches (2.5 - 5 cm). This cultivar is notable for a stunning display of bright red cones on most of the terminal branches in early spring, proving that conifers actually "bloom". Later in the season, these cones will mature to light brown and remain with the plant until late winter. This is a great little plant for any garden

This cultivar originated as a witch's broom found in 1975, on a specimen of P. abies 'Acrocona,' by Andreas Pusch of Werder, Germany. Some of the "aka's" and nomenclature errors in the trade include, 'Acrocona Pusch', 'Acrozwerg', and 'Acrocona Nana.' 'Pusch' was one of two plants selected in 2008 for the ACS Collectors Conifer of the Year program.

A large specimen of Picea abies 'Pusch' at the ACS Reference Garden, Oregon Garden, Silverton, OR 2013
Photo by David Olszyk
A closeup of the same tree at Oregon Garden detailing the dazzling display of seed cones.
Photo by David Olszyk
Picea abies `Pusch'
Photo by John Fertig
Picea abies 'Pusch' — photo donation from 2007.
Photo by Daniel Wols
Picea abies 'Pusch' growing on a standard, 2nd year since planting.
Photo by Wynne Keller
Picea abies `Pusch' — spring push.
Photo by John Fertig

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