Picea abies 'Wartburg' / Wartburg Norway spruce

Picea abies 'Wartburg' is a robust, upright weeping selection of Norway spruce with a dominant and dependable central leader and conspicuously irregular branching. Some branches weep directly downward toward the ground, while others will stray in odd directions, creating a uniquely curious appearance in the landscape. Young branchlets are have distinctive orange bark and foliage is lush and dark green in color. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 7.5 feet (2.5 m) tall and 4 feet (1.3 m) wide, an annual growth rate of 8 to 12 inches (20 - 30 cm).

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected 1965 by Haller AG Nursery, Oftringen, Switzerland.

Picea abies 'Wartburg' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Brent Vanderkruk
Picea abies 'Wartburg' — a mature specimen in a nursery stock yard in Ontario, Canada.
Photo by Brent Vanderkruk