Picea abies 'Harly' / Harly Norway spruce

Picea abies 'Harly' is a flattened, clumpy, irregular-globose selection of Norway spruce with random, disparate branching and glossy, short, dark-green needles. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 18 inches (45 cm) tall and 24 inches (60 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of 1.5 to 2 inches (4 - 5 cm).

The provenance and history of this cultivar is speculative, at best. A outstanding old cultivar lives in Bickelhaupt Arboretum, Clinton, Iowa in the Heartland Collection of Dwarf and Rare Conifers. With that, it's highly likely that it originated as one of many witch's broom finds by Justin "Chub" Harper and Randy Dykstra.

Picea abies 'Harly' — a mature specimen in Bickelhaupt Arboretum, Clinton, Iowa, August 2007.
Photo by Dax Herbst