Picea abies 'Grace EC' / Grace EC Norway spruce

Picea abies 'Grace EC' is a broadly globose, dwarf selection of Norway spruce with symmetrical branches that angle slightly upward. Foliage is attractive, glossy and medium green in color. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 24 inches (60 cm) tall and 36 inches (90 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of 2 to 3 inches (5 - 7.5 cm).

This cultivar originated as a witch's broom found in the mid-1980s by Justin "Chub" Harper of Moline and Randy Dykstra of Fulton. They found the original broom growing in a species spruce on the grounds of Grace Episcopal Church, Cambridge, Illinois. Chub described the broom as, "medium size and height, nice-flat."

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Picea abies 'Grace EC' — a mature specimen in Bickelhaupt Arboretum, Clinton, Iowa.
Photo by Dax Herbst
Picea abies 'Grace EC' — a closeup of the original 'Grace EC' broom in its parent tree in Illinois.
Photo by Chub Harper
Picea abies 'Grace EC' — an historic photo of the original 'Grace EC' broom in its parent tree in Illinois.
Photo by Chub Harper

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