Picea abies 'Bennett's Miniature' / Bennett's Miniature Norway spruce

Picea abies 'Bennett's Miniature' is a dwarf, narrowly conical selection of Norway spruce with dense branching and short, dark green needles. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 16 inches (40 cm) tall and 12 inches (30 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of 1.5 inches (4 cm).

This cultivar originated as a witch's broom found in 1964 by William Bennett of Christiansburg, Virginia. Bennett found the broom in the town of Princeton, West Virginia. Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts formally described it and first published it in The Journal of the Arnold Arboretum in 1967.

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Picea abies 'Bennett's Miniature' — an old specimen at Dawes Arboretum, Newark, Ohio. 2000 accession.
Photo by Dawes Arboretum website

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