Picea abies 'Král' / Král Norway spruce

Picea abies 'Král' is a symmetrical, globose dwarf selection of Norway spruce with uniform branching and short light-green needles. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 20 inches (50 cm) tall and wide, an annual growth rate of around 2 inches (5 cm).

This cultivar originated as a witch's broom found and named in 1976 by V. Kocourek of Czech Republic. Günter Horstmann nursery of Schneverdingen, Germany is credited with introducing and promoting the plant to the European nursery trade. It is considered to be synonymous with Picea abies 'Kynžvart,' suggesting that Kocourek found the original broom in the town of Lázně Kynžvart, Czech Republic.

Picea abies 'Kral' — an attractive mature specimen.
Photo by Bill Barger
Picea abies 'Kral' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger