Picea abies 'Suncrest' / Suncrest Norway spruce

Picea abies 'Suncrest' is a deservedly popular dwarf selection of Norway spruce that is quite dense and globose when young, later becoming slightly pyramidal with age. Older plants resemble the Hershey's Kiss candy. Branching is close and uniform and the needles are brilliantly silver-blue in color. 'Suncrest' is one of the bluest-known dwarf Norway spruces.

After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 20 inches (50 cm) tall and a bit narrower, an annual growth rate of 1.5 - 2 inches (3 - 5 cm).

This cultivar originated as a witch's broom found on a typical green Norway spruce by Gregg Gulden at Suncrest Gardens, Mt. Holly, Pennsylvania, USA and introduced to the nursery trade in the late 1990s . 'Suncrest No. 2' is considered synonymous and is likely a provisional name.

Picea abies 'Suncrest' — a magnificent old specimen in a private collection in Czech Republic.
Photo by Miroslav Malik
Picea abies 'Suncrest' a mature plant in private garden in Poland.
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Picea abies 'Suncrest' in the conifer collection in the Oregon Garden, Silverton, OR; an ACS Reference Garden.
Photo by David Olszyk