Picea abies 'Vassar Broom' / Vassar Broom Norway spruce

Picea abies 'Vassar Broom' is a dwarf globose mounding selection that will become more spreading with age. Branches are layered, turning upward at the ends with prominent cinnamon-brown buds at the tips, particularly in the winter. Needles are species-typical and medium-green in color. After 10 years, a mature specimen will measure 24 to 30 inches (60 - 75 cm) tall and slightly wider, an annual growth rate of 2 to 3 inches (5 - 7.5 cm).

This cultivar originated as a witch's broom that originated in the U.S. at some point in the mid-1980s. No other origin data is available at this time.

Picea abies 'Vassar Broom' in the Heartland Collection of Dwarf and Rare Conifers, Bickelhaupt Arboretum, Clinton, Iowa. This plant was 17 years old in 2002.
Photo by Chub Harper
Picea abies 'Vassar Broom' — a close-up of foliage detail and prominent cinnamon-colored buds.
Photo by Chub Harper