Picea omorika 'Nana' / dwarf Serbian spruce

Picea omorika 'Nana' is a popular, widely planted selection of Serbian spruce — a fine addition to the home landscape. Young plants will have a uniform, somewhat globose growth habit. Over time, as the plants mature, they will become densely conical. Branching is dense and uniform; foliage is stunning silvery blue-green in color, an effect created by white stomatal lines on the lower leaf surfaces with the top being dark green.

After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 2.5 feet (75 cm) tall and 2 feet (60 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of 3 to 4 inches (7.5 - 10 cm). As plants get older they will tend to "speed up," with terminal shoots eventually advancing 6 to 8 inches (15 - 20 cm) per year.

This cultivar originated as a witch's broom found around 1930 at Goudkade Brothers Nursery, Boskoop, The Netherlands.

Picea omorika 'Nana' a young specimen in a home garden setting.
Photo by Ken Church
Picea omorika 'Nana' in a private garden in Wisconsin.
Photo by Paul Drobot (www.plantstogrow.com)
Picea omorika 'Nana' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Paul Drobot (www.plantstogrow.com)
Picea omorika 'Nana' — this beauty has shorter and darker needles than typical omorikas. Thin shoots, a compact habit that is wider than tall when young. developing into a broadly, conical tree.
Photo by Iseli Nursery, Inc.
Picea omorika 'Nana' in the Harper Collection of Dwarf & Rare Conifers at Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, Michigan, August 2005.
Photo by Dax Herbst
Picea omorika 'Nana' — a 2002 accession at the New York Botanical Garden, The Bronx, New York (USDA Hardiness Zone 7a); photo from 2020.
Photo by Katherine Wagner-Reiss
Picea omorika 'Nana' — a young plant in a private garden in Kansas, October 2006.
Photo by David Stegmaier
Picea omorika 'Nana' — Green Industry Images, copyrighted photograph.
Photo by Ernie Wiegand
Picea omorika 'Nana' — a mature specimen at the Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Illinois USA
Photo by Paul Drobot (www.plantstogrow.com)