Picea abies Cupressina (Norway spruce)
The species Norway Spruce originates from the mountains of central Europe, where it can be found at elevations as high as 6,000 ft.
This cultivar, the Cupressina Norway Spruce, is fastigiate, meaning it is very narrow with a tightbranching habit. Because of it’s growth habit, it’s a perfect addition to a smaller gardens where a strong, evergreen vertical element is required. A Few off them can make an excellent screen in smaller garden areas.
Though it’s classified as a dwarf, this conifer can be expected to grow to a height of 30′-40′ in height and 8′-10′ in diameter. It’s also an excellent choice in more northern climates as it has an excellent ability to bear the weight of heavy snow relative to other narrow tree selections.
The needles on the Picea abies ‘Cupressina’ are approx 1″ in length and slightly curved, with a dark greenish-blue hue. It will tolerate both alkaline and acid soils, clays and sand. It has a preference for moist soils but can
withstand a moderate drought and likes to have full sun exposure to perform it’s best. It is considered deer resistant, and is hardy to Zone 3 .
This is a picture of my Cupressina that I got late, last year. I hope it will survive the winter, being planted so very late… hopefully it had enough time to root. I love this spruce, it is so narrow and has a beautiful contrast between green needle’s, and rusty brown bark.