Columnar Norway Spruce

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Columnar Norway Spruce (Picea abies 'Cupressina') is a unique columnar form of the mighty Norway Spruce! Growing quite narrow when young but will eventually bulk up a bit, these compactly growing conifers are somewhat variable as it matures, with each tree growing its own way and still looking like a beautiful classical evergreen beauty!

Dark green evergreen needles are densely packed and, create a slender, uniform form with dense branching to the ground. Featuring lighter green new growth that ages to dark green and sometimes displays a gorgeous, glaucous bluish cast!

Exceptionally cold-hardy in USDA growing zones 3-7, they can grow to an impressive 25-30 feet in mature height, while maintaining a slim profile only 6-10 feet wide! Columnar Norway Spruce is a fantastic new selection and form of the classic native Norway Spruce and is now better for fitting into tight spots with this new space-saving form!

Planting and Application:

Columnar Norway Spruce arrive with their branches growing close to the ground and it's more aesthetically pleasing to keep them that way! Resist the urge to limb these fantastic privacy trees up and expose their trunks! When allowed to grow in its natural state, it is a great specimen or accent or focal point for sure

Spruce withstand heavy snow loads and are fantastic as a windbreak or privacy wall, plus they tolerate heat and humidity better than others. Give your feathered friends a fortress to nest in and hide from the elements by adding these trees to your shelterbelts! A single mature tree is like a fortress and luxury hotel to a bird!

  • Dense Green to Blue-Green Evergreen
  • Narrow Columnar Form & Year-Round Interest
  • Fast Growth & Space Saving Form
  • Handles Wind & Snow
  • Specimen, Hedges, Windbreak, Shelterbelt & Wildlife Friendly

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Tolerant to any well-drained soil, Spruce can withstand acidic soil and alkaline conditions alike, even thriving in poor, rocky soil. These hardy trees are deer resistant and very cold hardy! Spruce does not do well in southern climates, but these trees are more heat and humidity than some other types of Spruce. Provide full sun for the best growth and color and moderate moisture while young trees are establishing. A layer of mulch over their roots helps insulate and hold in moisture more consistently!

  • Full Sun
  • Adaptable To Most Well-Drained Soils
  • Thrives in Poor, Acid & Alkaline Environments
  • Deer Resistant
  • Very Cold Hardy

Beauty, bird-friendly and adaptable! The Columnar Norway Spruce is the space-saving version of the great Norway evergreen! Hurry and order this unique version of a classic conifer now at!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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From To S&H
0 - 19.99 19.99
20 - 49.99 21.99
50 - 69.99 24.99
70 - 99.99 29.99
100 - 129.99 34.99
130 - 149.99 41.99
150 - 150+ Approx 27%

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Columnar Norway Spruce Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-7
Growing Zones 3-7
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Picea abies 'Cupressina'
Type Evergreen
Mature Height 25 - 30 feet
Mature Spread 6 - 10 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained Soil
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Evergreen
Pollinator Friendly No