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PlantFiles: Bird's Nest Spruce
Picea abies 'Nidiformis'

Family: Pinaceae (py-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Picea (PY-see-uh) (Info)
Species: abies (A-bees) (Info)
Cultivar: Nidiformis

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


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Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive suewylan On Sep 14, 2010, suewylan from North Fork, CA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I first saw this plant on Paul James the Gardener Guy, shown in the front of a mixed border, and always kept it in mind, bacause I liked the compact low nest shape and thought it would make good winter interest.

I have two, and they do well with little water and are easy to grow. They grow slowly and form little bare spots in the center, which make the shape of attractive little bird's nests.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

North Fork, California
Oxford, Connecticut
Chicago, Illinois
Rock Island, Illinois
Wheaton, Illinois
Winfield, Illinois
Novi, Michigan
Andover, Minnesota
Byhalia, Mississippi
North Tonawanda, New York
Columbus, Ohio
Portland, Oregon
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Kaysville, Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
Colville, Washington

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