Picea abies 'Zaječice' / Zaječice Norway spruce

Picea abies 'Zaječice' is flattened globose, dwarf selection of Norway spruce with short medium green needles and rather unique and interesting branching structure. Terminal branches tend to be relatively long (2 to 3 inches / 5 - 7.5 cm), while the laterals will be very short, stubby and numerous (around 1/2 inch / 1 cm long), resulting in an irregular clumpy effect. After 10 years in the garden, a mature specimen will growth to around 2 feet (60 cm) wide and 10 inches (25 cm) tall.

František Špaček of Czech Republic is credited with the origin and naming of this cultivar. All plants in the nursery trade with this name resulted from a witch's broom that he found in 1985. The name "Zaječice" means a place with lots of rabbits in the Czech language.

Picea abies 'Zaječice' — a fine example of a mature plant.
Photo by Arsène Sapin