Picea abies 'Repens' / Creeping Norway spruce

Picea abies 'Repens,' the Creeping Norway spruce is strongly growing, broadly spreading selection with layered branching that radiates outward from the plant's center. Foliage is attractive and light-green in color. Terminal branches increase at an annual rate of 3 to 5 inches (7.5 - 12.5 cm). After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 18 inches (45 cm) tall and 4.5 feet (1.5 m) wide.

'Repens' is an old cultivar, known to large gardens and arboretums world-wide since the late 1800. It is of unknown origin. Simon-Louis Frères first described it in a botanical study in 1898.

Picea abies 'Repens' at Bickelhaupt Arboretum, Clinton, Iowa in the Heartland Collection of Dwarf and Rare Conifers.
Photo by Dax Herbst
Picea abies 'Repens' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger
Picea abies 'Repens' — a large, mature specimen in an arboretum setting.
Photo by Bill Barger