Picea abies 'Sherwoodii' / Sherwood's Norway spruce

Picea abies 'Sherwoodii' is a slow-growing, compact, irregular-pyramidal selection with somewhat fastigiate branches and a rugged outline. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 4.5 feet (1.5 m) tall and 3 feet (1 m) wide, an annual growth rate of 4 to 6 inches (20 - 30 cm). This cultivar appears to be extremely variable in structure. Plants grown in the mid-west U.S. appear to be more broadly spreading while those grown in the northwest grow more broadly pyramidal.

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in the mid-1940s by American nurseryman, Andy Sherwood of Gresham, Oregon. The cultivar, 'Sherwood's Multnomah' is considered to be a synonymous commercial trade name and is also frequently seen listed as 'Sherwood,' 'Sherwood Compact' and 'Sherwood Gem.'

Picea abies 'Sherwoodii' — a photo taken during an ACS tour of Dawes Arboretum in summer of 2004.
Photo by Ken Church
Picea abies 'Sherwoodii' in the Harper Collection of Dwarf & Rare Conifers at Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, Michigan, August 2005.
Photo by Dax Herbst
Picea abies 'Sherwoodii' at Bickelhaupt Arboretum, Clinton, Iowa in the Heartland Collection of Dwarf and Rare Conifers.
Photo by Dax Herbst