Picea abies 'Villa Maria' / Villa Maria Norway spruce

Picea abies 'Villa Maria' is a slow-growing, broadly conical selection of Norway spruce with symmetrical, semi-fastigiate branching and species-typical medium-green needles. 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 to 8 inches (15 - 20 cm).

This cultivar originated as a witch's broom found in the early 1970s at Villa Maria Convent, Villa Maria, Pennsylvania, by Joe Stupka, Pulaski, PA. A large, old specimen exists in Hidden Lakes Arboretum, Tipon, Michigan. It is quite likely to be unknown in the nursery trade and may only exist in a few other midwest Arboretums in the U.S. as well as private collections.

Picea abies 'Villa Maria' at Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, Michigan. 1993 accession.
Photo by Frank Richards