Picea abies 'Dundanga' / Dundanga Norway spruce

Picea abies 'Dundanga' is a compact, dwarf selection of Norway spruce with dense, uniform branching and tiny, dark green needles. This is an extremely slow-growing conifer, spending many years as a cushion, later developing a bit of apical dominance, finally, after decades of growth, becoming a squat, conical sculpted dwarf. Yearly growth rate is 0.8 to 1.2 inches (2 -3 cm). This is a very interesting and desirable plant.

'Dundanga' originated as a natural miniature tree found growing in the wild in the 1960s at the edge of a forest in Latvia. Of all the strange mix ups in the nursery trade, there was a time when this plant was offered in Europe under the name, Picea × saaghii 'W.B.' or 'Hexenbesen.'

Picea abies 'Dundanga' — an awesome, mature plant in a garden in Latvia.
Photo by Irēna Rožkalna
Picea abies 'Dundanga' — a young plant just starting to go conical.
Photo by Jiří Balatka