Description and General Information:
Picea abies 'Little Gem' is perhaps the most dwarf of all the Norway spruce selections. This particular selection arose as a sport of the nest spruce, P. abies 'Nidiformis'. 'Little Gem' has a very slow growth rate, less than 7 cm per year. Over time, the plant may reach 60 cm high with a spread of 90 cm but that would be a very old specimen, as shown in the accompanying photo of a plant growing at the UBC Botanical Garden in Vancouver.
'Little Gem' is reasonably deer resistant and can tolerate considerable air pollution. Exposure to strong cold winds, combined with winter sun, may burn the plant
Semi-hardwood cuttings taken in late summer will root over the winter if kept in a greenhouse mist-chamber with bottom heat.