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Fat Cat Norway Spruce

Picea abies 'Fat Cat'

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Fat Cat Norway Spruce (Picea abies 'Fat Cat') at Eagle Lake Nurseries

Fat Cat Norway Spruce

Fat Cat Norway Spruce

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Fat Cat Norway Spruce (Picea abies 'Fat Cat') at Eagle Lake Nurseries

Fat Cat Norway Spruce foliage

Fat Cat Norway Spruce foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  3 feet

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  2b

Other Names:  Norwegian Spruce


A dense, round variety with short, stiff needles on short branches; adaptable and hardy; excellent choice for rock gardens and detail use in a composition

Ornamental Features

Fat Cat Norway Spruce is a dwarf conifer which is primarily valued in the garden for its ornamental globe-shaped form. It has rich green evergreen foliage. The small needles remain green throughout the winter.

Landscape Attributes

Fat Cat Norway Spruce is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a more or less rounded form. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub. 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.

Fat Cat Norway Spruce is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Fat Cat Norway Spruce will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

This shrub 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
Accent  Massing  Rock  Garden 
Texture  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features