Picea abies 'Děcák' / Děcák Norway spruce

Picea abies Děcák is a moderately slow growing, densely globose selection of Norway spruce that, with age, will become more conical while maintaining its tight symmetrical branching. The plant's light, pale-green foliage has a pleasant dusty-yellow cast that does not burn when planted in sunny, exposed conditions. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 6 feet (2 m) tall and 3.5 (1.2 m) wide, an annual growth rate of 6 to 8 inches (15 - 20 cm).

This plant originated in the Czech Republic on the grounds of an orphanage. At the time of this records publication, the finder, date, and place of origin were not known. Děcák translates into "foster homes" in the Czech language.

Picea abies 'Děcák' — a 10-year-old specimen in a private collection in France.
Photo by Arsène Sapin