Picea abies 'Průhoniceana' / Průhonice spruce

Picea abies 'Průhoniceana' is an attractive, fast growing upright selection of Norway spruce with a strong, meandering lead shoot and long, thin, strictly weeping lateral branches with bright-green, short needles that almost look more like those of Picea orientalis rather than Picea abies. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 7.5 - 10 feet (2.5 - 3 m) tall and 2 feet (60 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of 8 to 10 inches (20 - 25 cm).

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in 1931 by Weltz & Hahn, head gardeners at Průhonice Park, near Prague, Czech Republic.

Picea abies 'Průhoniceana' at Cox Arboretum, Canton, Georgia.
Photo by Larry Nau