Picea abies 'Pine Glen' / Pine Glen Norway spruce

Picea abies 'Pine Glen' is a miniature, flattened-globose selection of Norway spruce is extremely dense branching and tiny, gray-green needles. A second flush in late summer will often be much lighter in color creating a star-burst effect about the plant's surface. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 6 inches (15 cm) tall and 10 inches (25 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of less than 1 inch (2.5 cm). 'Pine Glen' is a perfect choice for a small rock garden or Alpine trough garden.

This cultivar originated as a witch's broom found in the 1990s by Joe Stupka, Pulaski, Pennsylvania, on a specimen of Picea abies 'Nidiformis' at his nursery. The plant is often seen misspelled as 'Pine Glenn.' Please refer to Joe Stupka's historic photo in the gallery with it's distinctly labeled as 'Pine Glen.'

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Picea abies 'Pine Glen' at Bickelhaupt Arboretum, Clinton, Iowa in the Heartland Collection of Garden Conifers, late October of 2005.
Photo by Dax Herbst
Picea abies (Pine Glenn) Picea abies 'Pine Glen' at Bickelhaupt Arboretum, Clinton, Iowa in the Heartland Collection of Garden Conifers, late October of 2006.
Photo by Dax Herbst
An historic picture of Joe Stupka showing the original 'Pine Glen' broom to fellow collector, Randy Dykstra.
Photo by Chub Harper
Picea abies 'Pine Glen' — an historic photo of the original witch's broom in Pennsylvania.
Photo by Chub Harper

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