Picea abies 'Pyramidalis' / Pyramidal Norway spruce

Picea abies 'Pyramidalis' is a dwarf pyramidal selection of Norway spruce with ascending, more-or-less fastigiate branches and curved, radially arranged needles that point outward. Cedar Lodge Nursery of New Zealand described it as a, "neat, tear drop shaped rockery plant that grows well in any conditions." After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 6 feet (2 m) tall and 4 feet (1.3 m) wide, an annual growth rate of 6 - 8 inches (15 - 20 cm).

'Pyramidalis' is a rather old cultivar in the nursery trade, having been known in large arboretums and collections since the mid 1800s. It is of unknown origin. In 1874, American horticulturalist and nurseryman, T.C. Maxwell speculated in The Horticulturalist that 'Pyramidalis' was named to described a single clone that had been previously covered under the umbrella epithet, Picea abies 'Pyramidata.'

Picea abies 'Pyramidalis' in the Harper Collection of Dwarf & Rare Conifers at Hidden Lake Gardens, in Tipton, Michigan; August 2005.
Photo by Dax Herbst