Spring Nursery Find: Columnar Norway Spruce - Cupressina - April 2022
Yesterday, I posted a photo and took a HUGE, deep breath and walked past a second Japanese White Pine tree that I saw at the big box nursery. Why did I have to take a breath? Because, I *really* wanted one of those trees. Why did I walk past it? Because I bought one last year. And it seems to have failed this Winter. But, what else did I see on that VERY SAME visit? A tree that - like the Japanese White Pine - is also something that I've lusted after for a while. In fact, I even posted an entire "Tree Dreaming" post about this species on the blog back in 2018.
What's that tree? It is a columnar Norway Spruce - Picea abies 'Cupressina'. Here's that post from 2018. Here - below - is the tag on one of these that I saw at the big box nursery showing the $99 price tag.
Back in 2018, I said that there was A LOT to like about this tree: columnar, vertical, fast(ish) and unique. At the time, I also said that it could withstand snow loads, but a quick peek at the Conifer Society listing, they (now) warn about snow loads and splaying. I found this post showing some splaying in a more mature tree, too.
So...that has me concerned a bit. I *thought* that maybe this one could replace the dead White Pine in the close bed. But, is this fool's gold? I'm not sure what to think now. I bought these Gold Cone Juniper shrubs way back in 2018 and they suffered from splaying (and I think I injured them *even more* by wiring them up myself). I don't want to repeat that again.
This tree has all the right signs - for me. But....I didn't bring it home (on this visit). That doesn't mean that I'm NOT still dreaming about it.