Picea abies 'Pustertal WB' / Pustertal WB Norway spruce

Picea abies 'Pustertal WB' is a dwarf, flattened-globose selection of Norway spruce with dense, layered, uniform branching and species-typical dark green foliage. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 6 inches (15 cm) tall and 12 inches (30 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of less than 1 inch (2.5 cm).

This cultivar originated as a witch's broom found in the late 1990s on a specimen of P. abies 'Pustertal' by Larry Stanley on the grounds of his nursery in Boring, Oregon, USA. The original mother plant with broom has been donated to the ACS Reference Garden at the Oregon Garden in Silverton where it lives to this day. To this point, the plant has not been excessive propagated nor distributed, making it fairly scarce in the nursery trade.

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Picea abies 'Pustertal WB' — the original mother plant with witch's broom at Stanley and Sons Nursery.
Photo by Edwin Smits

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