University of Maryland Extension

Bird’s Nest Spruce

Marian Hengemihle

Picea abies ‘Nidiformis’

This dwarf conifer looks good throughout the year, but proves invaluable in the winter landscape when the short fine-textured needles remain a dark rich green. In spring, new growth appears a cheery yellow-green at branch tips. This flat-topped, spreading spruce has a slight depression in the center, reminding one of a bird’s nest. Ultimately about 4 feet high by 5 feet wide, bird’s nest spruce is useful in a foundation planting, rock garden, border, or as a specimen. It likes full sun in moderately moist well-drained soil.  This low-maintenance plant requires no pruning and is seldom damaged by deer. 

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