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Christina Columnar Spruce

Picea abies 'Christina'

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Christina Columnar Spruce (Picea abies 'Christina') at Salisbury Greenhouse and Landscaping

Christina Columnar Spruce

Christina Columnar Spruce

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Christina Columnar Spruce (Picea abies 'Christina') at Salisbury Greenhouse and Landscaping

Christina Columnar Spruce foliage

Christina Columnar Spruce foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  35 feet

Spread:  8 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Other Names:  Norwegian Spruce

Description:

An artistic specimen or accent tree for the discerning landscape, featuring gracefully trailing branches that hang pendulously; narrow columnar habit, but give adequate room for it to stand apart; a perfectly elegant way to define a border

Ornamental Features

Christina Columnar Spruce has green foliage which emerges lime green in spring. The needles remain green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Christina Columnar Spruce is an open evergreen tree with a strong central leader and a narrowly upright and columnar growth habit. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree. When pruning is necessary, it is recommended to only trim back the new growth of the current season, other than to remove any dieback. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Christina Columnar Spruce is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Vertical Accent

Planting & Growing

Christina Columnar Spruce will grow to be about 35 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Articulation 
Applications
Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features