Picea abies 'Nidiformis'
2 to 5 ft.
3 to 6 ft.
species native to Scandinavia, central and northern Europe
USDA zones 3-7
hardy to 8,000 ft.
Birds nest spruce is a dwarf conifer with dense horizontal layers of branches. The bright green needles are thin and flat. At maturity it is wider than it is tall. It grows approximately 3 inches per year, indefinitely.
This is an excellent dwarf evergreen for Colorado Springs landscapes. At the Xeriscape Demonstration Garden, there are two birds nest spruces. One has been growing for many years and is quite large. The other is a younger plant growing in a rock garden. Both are attractive, easy-care plants that add winter interest to the landscape.
Grows best with regular moisture and a cool or lightly shaded location. Not a good choice for very hot or dry locations. No maintenance is required, generally.