Picea glauca ‘Tillie’

New White Spruce conifer cultivar 'Tillie'
Picea glauca ‘Tillie’

About Picea glauca ‘Tillie’: This coniferous conifer broom was discovered while visiting Mike’s parents who live in Green Bay, Wisconsin. On a trip to Fleet Farm with his dad, the broom was spotted on a lonely mature White Spruce tree in a field across the street. Of course, Mike insisted on his dad making a U-turn to check it out!

Picea glauca broom 'Tillie'
White spruce tree hosting ‘Tillie’ the broom!

It was quite easy to climb the tree, other than the rain, and much to our surprise, the Picea glauca broom hosted copious quantities of cones.

'Tillie' produces numerous cones
Picea glauca “Tillie’ with numerous cones!

Fortunately, we were able to harvest scions and cones before the tree was removed. This new Picea glauca conifer cultivar was named after Mike’s mom, whose nickname is Tillie.

2 Tillies in 1
Tillie’s ‘Tillie’!

A few of the seeds were germinated and produced 4 ‘Tillie’ seedlings, and they were named after her 4 children. After several years of growth, the seedlings from the broom are globose with tight compact growth, and the foliage is somewhat similar to an Alberta spruce.

Picea glauca 'Tillie' seedlings!
Tillie and her 4 tykes!

A new Meijer superstore now stands where the lonely tree once stood.