Picea abies 'Wagner' / Wagner Norway spruce

Picea abies 'Wagner' is a flattened-globose, miniature selection of Norway spruce with congested branching and clumpy tufts of tiny, thin, bright-green needles. It is superficially similar to P. abies 'Little Gem,' but much slower growing and less symmetrical. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 10 inches (25 cm) tall and 12 inches (30 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of 1 inch (2.5 cm) or less.

This cultivar originated around the year 1970 at Wagner Nursery, Berkshire, New York, USA. Periodically one will find plants listed under the Latinized cultivar name, 'Wagneri.' Based on the year of introduction, this is an illegitimate construct.

Picea abies 'Wagner' — a mature plant in the Harper Collection of Dwarf & Rare Conifers at Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, Michigan, August of 2005.
Photo by Dax Herbst
Picea abies 'Wagner' — a very old plant in the closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by David Olszyk
Picea abies 'Wagner' — a very old plant in the Flora Wonder arboretum, Gaston, Oregon, that is developing a "haystack-like" form.
Photo by David Olszyk