Picea Abies Acrocona or Norway Spruce Acrocona The Acrocona variety of Norway Spruce is a small, evergreen conifer best known for its highly-decorative, dark pink cones. Easy to grow and care for, Picea Abies Acrocona is often grown as a specimen tree in smaller gardens. With a vigorous growth habit and drooping branches covered with dark green needles, this evergreen conifer provides interest throughout the seasons. Unlike its close relatives, this cultivar takes to a broader, pyramidal shape as it matures. Even though its evergreen foliage offers year-round colour, Norway Spruce Acrocona truly shines in the spring, when an abundance of pink cones appear at the end of the branches. As they mature, the cones turn to a subtler, tan shade.
Norway Spruce Acrocona thrives in full sun and most soils, as long as they are moist but well-drained. This cultivar is rarely affected by any serious diseases and pests. Picea Abies Acrocona is fully hardy in the United Kingdom and it can survive in the severest European climates. As such, it requires no sheltering from frosts or cold winds and can serve as an excellent windbreak. Its good constitution and outstanding performance in Britain’s gardens have earned this attractive conifer the prestigious Award of Garden Merit by Royal Horticultural Society.
This evergreen tree is vigorous and has a fast growth rate. The maximum size Norway Spruce Acrocona can achieve as it matures is 2.5 to 4 metres, both high and across. Its pendulous habit requires absolutely no maintenance to stay neat and healthy. The tree will form its weeping shape naturally and needs no trimming and pruning.
Picea Abies Acrocona provides year-round texture and colour in the garden, with an eye-catching spring interest. Grow it as a specimen tree where its dark pink cones and weeping habit can be in the center of the attention, or in a mixed shrub border. Cultivars that can be planted to complement Norway Spruce Acrocona include vibrant dogwoods such as Cornus Sanguinea Annys Winter Orange or Cornus Sanguinea Midwinter Fire. When planted in a row this attractive conifer makes an effective windbreak.