Picea abies 'Horace Wilson' / Horace Wilson Norway spruce

Picea abies 'Horace Wilson' is a diminutive, cushion-like selection of Norway spruce with dense, layered branching and short, medium green needles. After 10 years, a mature specimen will measure 10 inches (25 cm) wide and 6 inches (15 cm) high, an annual growth rate of less than one inch (2.5 cm).

This cultivar originated as a witch's broom found by Horace Wilson of Mentor Heights Nursery, Mentor, Ohio on a specimen of Picea abies 'Nidiformis.' Joe Stupka of Pulaski, Pennsylvania is credited with initially distributing propagation material across the central U.S.

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Picea abies 'Horace Wilson' in the Harper Collection of Dwarf & Rare Conifers at Hidden Lakes Gardens, Tipton, Michigan, August 2005.
Photo by Dax Herbst
Picea abies 'Horace Wilson' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger
Picea abies 'Horace Wilson' — a perfect mature specimen.
Photo by Bill Barger
Picea abies 'Horace Wilson' — an old specimen in the Flora Wonder arboretum, Gaston, Oregon.
Photo by David Olszyk
Picea abies 'Horace Wilson' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by David Olszyk

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