Picea abies 'Hornibrookii' / Hornibrook's Norway spruce

Picea abies 'Hornibrookii' is a slow-growing, flattened-globose selection of Norway spruce with layered, mounding branches holding species-typical needles. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 4 feet (1.3 m) tall and wide, an annual growth rate of 4 to 5 inches (10 - 12 cm).

'Hornibrookii' is a very old stalwart in the nursery trade, discovered in 1937 and introduced and named in late 1940s by P. den Ouden Nursery, Boskoop, The Netherlands, honoring conifer enthusiast and botanical author, Murray Hornibrook. The plant is occasionally seen incorrectly listed under the names 'Hornibrook' or Hornibrookiana.'

The plant pictured is located at the Chicago Botanical Garden. The picture was taken on a very hot, bright day which may explain the lighter color than normal in the picture. The plant would appear to be very old.
Photo by Ken Church
Picea abies 'Hornibrookii' — a young specimen in an arboretum setting.
Photo by Bill Barger
Picea abies 'Hornibrookii' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger