Picea abies 'Wingle's Weeper' / Wingle's Weeper Norway spruce

Picea abies 'Wingle's Weeper' is an extremely pendulous selection of Norway spruce. If not staked, it will lay flat on the ground becoming a ground cover. With age, it will develop a terminal leader becoming an irregular upright weeping tree. Needles are very short and tight, Blue-green in color. This plant makes a handsome specimen if staked to about 8 feet (2.6 m) vertical and then allowed to weep on it's own after reaching that height and it will form ground cover skirt. Size estimates are frivolous with this plant. Just be aware that the terminal branches may grow a foot (30 cm) or more per year.

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected by Mat Wingle at his Christmas tree farm at Cedar Ridge Nursery, Augusta, New Jersey. In his wholesale catalog circa 1992 it lists the plant as Picea abies 'Wingle's Pendula' which was an illegitimate cultivar name because the use of Latin terms in cultivar names is not allowed after 1959.

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Picea abies 'Wingle's Weeper' — notice the extreme weeping habit. Will create a pile of branches in time.
Photo by David Marsh
Picea abies 'Wingle's Weeper' in the Heartland Collection of Dwarf and Rare Conifers, Bickelhaupt Arboretum, Clinton, Iowa, February 2003 — a 14-year-old plant at the time.
Photo by Francie Hill - Bickelhaupt Arboretum, Clinton, IA
Picea abies 'Wingle's Weeper' in the Harper Collection of Dwarf & Rare Conifers, Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, Michigan, August 2005.
Photo by Dax Herbst
Picea abies 'Wingle's Weeper' at Bickelhaupt Arboretum, Clinton, Iowa in the Heartland Collection of Garden Conifers, May 2004.
Photo by Dax Herbst
Picea abies 'Wingle's Weeper' at Hidden Lake Gardens, Tipton, Michigan, July, 2016.
Photo by William Dunagin

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