Picea abies 'Archer' / Archer Norway spruce

Picea abies 'Archer' is a miniature, conical selection of Norway spruce with extremely congested branching holding tightly packed dark green needles. It's one of those spruces that is hard to penetrate with a finger. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 12 inches (30 cm) tall and wide in the form of a "Hershey's Kiss."

This cultivar originated as a witch's broom found in 1985 by J. W. Archer of the United Kingdom.

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Picea abies 'Archer' — a mature specimen showing what looks to be the beginning of a bit of reversion.
Photo by Bill Barger
Picea abies 'Archer' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger

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