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

Category:

Conifers

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

N/A

Foliage:

Evergreen

Provides winter interest

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Regional

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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Gardeners' Notes:

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RatingContent
Positive

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.