Picea abies 'Frohburg' / Frohburg Norway spruce

Picea abies 'Frohburg' is a vigorous, weeping selection of Norway spruce with strictly weeping, limp side branches and glossy dark-green needles. Older plants will form an impressive wide "skirt" at the plant base. Young plants must be staked to their desired height. From their highest staked point, all further growth will be downward and then out. Terminal branches will increase at an annual rate of 8 to 12 inches (20 to 30 cm).

This cultivar originated as a seedling of 'Inversa' selected in 1967 by Andreas Haller Nursery, Aarburg, Switzerland. The House of Frohburg (also Froburg) was a noble family in medieval Switzerland, with possessions in what is now the canton of Solothurn.

Picea abies 'Frohburg' in the Harper Collection of Dwarf and Rare Conifers, Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, Michigan, August 2005.
Photo by Dax Herbst
Picea abies 'Frohburg' — Green Industry Images, copyrighted photograph; permission ranted.
Photo by Ernie Wiegand
Picea abies 'Frohburg' — a very old specimen in an arboretum setting.
Photo by Bill Barger
Picea abies 'Frohburg' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger
Picea abies 'Frohburg' — a young plant just beginning to come into mature form.
Photo by Bill Barger