Picea abies 'Kingsville Fluke' / Kingsville Fluke Norway spruce

Picea abies 'Kingsville Fluke' is a irregular, upright, semi-dwarf selection of Norway spruce with random, open branching. Foliage is clumpy in texture and medium green in color with prominent buds in winter. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 6 feet (2 m) tall and 4.5 feet (1.5 m) wide, an annual growth rate of 6 to 8 inches (15 - 20 cm).

'Kingsville Fluke' is not currently known to be in cultivation, leaving only a few large specimens in large arboretums in the U.S. A notable specimen exists in the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. This cultivar was first mentioned in 1970 in a catalog by Layne Ziegenfuss of Hillside Nursery, Lehighton, Pennsylvania. Kingsville is a small town in western Pennsylvania, possibly the place where the aberrant clone was found.

Plants seen listed or labeled as 'Kingsville' or 'Fluke' are certainly the same plant.

Picea abies 'Kingsville Fluke' on the grounds of the U.S. National Arboretum, Washington, D.C., May 2006.
Photo by Dax Herbst
Picea abies 'Kingsville Fluke' (spring growth) - May 2006.
Photo by Dax Herbst