Boone County Arboretum
9190 Camp Ernst Road
Union, Kentucky 41091
Phone: (859) 384-4999
Fax: (859) 384-6888
arboretum@boonecountyky.org

Open Daily
Dawn - Dusk
Free Admission

Join Our Email List
Email:  

Contact Us

Information on invasive species

Emerald Ash Borer Information

Horticutural Links

Donate to the Boone County Arboretum

Boone County Arboretum

Promote Your Page Too

Employee Login

Cultural Details for Picea abies 'Nidiformis'

Common Name:
Bird's Nest Spruce

Growth Rate:
Slow to medium growth.

Average Mature Height:
3-6'

Average Mature Width:
10'

Flower Details:
Monoecious: male flowers are axillary and infrequent; female flowers are terminal, spread on the crowns of the trees and reddish pink.

Fruit Details:
Cylindrical cones, 4-6" long, 1.5-2" wide, pendulous. Starts purple or green, changing to light brown at maturity. Brownish-black seeds are 0.166" long with a 0.5" wide brown wing.

Fall Color:
Evergreen; bright green to purplish when young, changing to dark green with age.

Bark Details:
Reddish brown or orangish brown, glabrous or with minute scattered hairs.

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
Susceptible to red spider, spruce gall aphid, budworm, and borers.

Native Habitat:
Northern and central Europe, introduced in colonial times.

Other Features:
Spreading, dense, broad plant; usually having a depression in the center, giving the name Bird's Nest Spruce.

Culture and Care:
Shallow, spreading root system performs best in moderately moist, sandy, acid, well-drained soils. Prefers a cold climate and full sun. Plants in heavy shade become thin and ragged.

This plant was blooming:

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
Bed 19, Bed 184

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets. www.ces.ncsu.edu
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database. www.hort.uconn.edu