Picea abies 'Gregoryana' / The Gregory spruce

Picea abies 'Gregoryana' is a slow-growing, densely branched, irregularly globose selection of Norway spruce with short, dark green, radially arranged needles. After 10 years, a mature specimen will measure 12 to 18 inches (30 - 45 cm) tall and wide, an annual growth rate of 1 to 2 inches (2.5 - 5 cm). A plant will occasionally produce aberrant longer shoots which should be pruned out when noticed.

This is one of the first named cultivars in the nursery trade, introduced in 1856 by John Jeffries and Sons Nursery of Cirencester, United Kingdom. They were the successors to Richard Gregory, the prior nursery owner.

Picea abies 'Gregoryana' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger
Picea abies 'Gregoryana' — an ancient specimen in an arboretum setting.
Photo by Bill Barger