Picea abies 'Pseudo-prostrata' / False-prostrate Norway Spruce

Picea abies 'Pseudo-prostrata' is a irregular, spreading selection of Norway spruce that is superficially similar to P. abies 'Procumbens,' but grows with much more vigor and and less symmetry, more of a "wild look." Lead shoots grow up to 5.5 inches (14 cm) per year in a more ascending fashion than 'Procumbens.' After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 3 feet (1 m) tall and 60 inches (1.5 m) wide.

'Pseudo-prostrata' is an old cultivar, known to the nursery trade since the early 1900s. It is of unknown origin. Murray Hornibrook first described it in his book, Dwarf and Slow-growing Conifers. Welch and Haddow claim in World Checklist of Conifers that this plant first circulated in the United Kingdom under the cultivar name, 'Procumbens.'

Picea abies 'Pseudo-prostrata' in the Gotelli Collection at the U.S. National Arboretum, Washington, D.C., May 2006.
Photo by Dax Herbst