Picea x mariorka 'Gnom' / Gnom Mariorika spruce

Picea × mariorika 'Gnom' is a dwarf, irregular upright selection of Mariorika spruce with stiff branching and very attractive, glossy Blue-green needles with 2 white bands of stomata above. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 30 inches (75 cm) tall and 24 inches (60 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of around 3 inches (7.5 cm).

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in 1951 by Johann-Dietrich zu Jeddeloh Nursery, Oldenburg, Germany. Note that this cultivar name is also used in the Picea glauca species, which is against the rules of botanical nomenclature. In the U.S. this conifer is often seen with the cultivar name misspelled ('Gnome').

Picea × mariorika 'Gnom' — a young plant in a private garden in Illinois.
Photo by Dax Herbst