Picea abies 'Dan's Dwarf' / Dan's Dwarf Norway spruce

Picea abies 'Dan's Dwarf' is a very nice miniature selection of Norway spruce what grows as a flattened bun at first, later becoming stoutly conical with age. It is distinctive by its dense branching and large terminal buds ringed by a smaller laterals. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 12 inches (30 cm) tall and slightly wider, an annual rate of growth of 1 inch (2.5 cm) or less.

This cultivar originated at Elmwood Nursery in Maryland, USA, who presented it to Greg Williams of Wolcott, Vermont. Greg propagated it and introduced it to the nursery trade through his Kate Brook Nursery. The nature of it's creation is not is not known at this time. Whether 'Dan's Dwarf' originated as a seedling selection or witch's broom, it is still a very garden-worthy plant. It is also unknown who "Dan" is, although one can theorize that he belonged to Elmwood Nursery.

Picea abies 'Dan's Dwarf' — a nice mature specimen in the conifer collection at Oregon Garden, Silverton, OR, an ACS Reference Garden.
Photo by David Olszyk
Picea abies 'Dan's Dwarf' — a well grown mature specimen at the Anthoine Pinetum, Jamioulx
Photo by Clément Anthoine
Picea abies 'Dan's Dwarf' — a mature specimen in a private garden in New Brunswick, Canada. The muted colors can be attributed to cold temperatures.
Photo by Bill Journeay
Picea abies 'Dan's Dwarf' — a mature plant in an arboretum setting.
Photo by Bill Barger
Picea abies 'Dan's Dwarf' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger