Picea abies 'Nidiformis'
BIRD'S NEST SPRUCE
Pronounced: PIE-see-a AB-ee-ays nee-dih-FORM-is
Sunset zones: A2, A3; 1-6, 14-17.
USDA zones: 3-8.
Heat zones: 8-1.
Height: 5 feet (1.5 m).
Width: 5-6 feet (1.5-3 m).
Four sided, 1-inch long, dark green needles.
Moist, well-drained, neutral to acidic soil.
Rainy Side Notes
Picea comes from the Latin word pix, meaning pitch, and abies is the Latin name for fir. Nidiformis means nest-shaped. Flat-topped, wider than high, and with a hollow center, this spruce looks like its descriptive common name--bird's nest spruce.
This spruce is a good choice for adding "bones" to the garden. This handsome conifer has a charming shape and adds substance to my own mixed garden border. In the summer, it quietly takes a back seat to the flamboyant perennials, but in winter, the bright green shrub has the duty to keep the garden looking alive. I appreciate it, especially since many other plants choose to hide the winter away, skulking underground.
Photographed in author's garden.