Picea abies 'Lawine' / Lawine Norway spruce

Picea abies 'Lawine' is a flattened globose selection of Norway spruce with uniform branches holding Blue-green needles that radiate about the stem. Orange-brown buds in late fall and winter add to the superlatives. Simply put, 'Lawine' is an outstanding garden conifer. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 20 inches (50 cm) tall and 28 inches (70 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of 2 to 3 inches (5 - 7.5 cm).

This cultivar originated as a witch's broom found in 1984 by Günther Eschrich of Recklinghausen Germany. Günther found the original broom while on holiday in Hungary. The original broom is said to have been 14 inches (35 cm) high and 28 inches (70 cm) wide.

Picea abies 'Lawine' — an attractive mature specimen in an arboretum setting.
Photo by Bill Barger
Picea abies 'Lawine' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger