Picea abies 'Red Devil' / Red Devil Norway spruce

Picea abies 'Red Devil' is a dwarf globose selection of Norway Spruce. The needles are shorter than typical for the species, radiating outward from the stems. The branching is short, uniform and stout. Given its parentage, the cultivar is known to produce generous quantities of small cones at the branch terminals, helping to control upward growth. After 10 years, a mature specimen will measure 12 inches (30 cm) tall and wide, an annual growth rate of 1 to 2 inches (2.5 - 5 cm).

This cultivar originated as a witch's broom found on a specimen of Picea abies 'Acrocona' by Horst Jeddeloh of Molalla, Oregon. This plant is virtually unknown to the nursery trade and is only occasionally offered by growers specializing in collectible conifers.

Picea abies 'Red Devil' at J Farms Grafting display garden. This is one of the original propagations made some 20 years ago. In 2013, this plant was approximately 2 feet tall and wide.
Photo by David Olszyk