Picea asperata 'Hunnewelliana' / Hunnewell Dragon spruce

Picea asperata 'Hunnewelliana' is a mounding, broadly pyramidal, dwarf selection of Dragon spruce with dense layered branching, heavily clothed with dark, gray-green foliage. After 10 years of growth, a mature species will measure 4.5 feet (1.5 m) tall and 3 feet (1 m) wide, an annual growth rate of 4 to 6 inches (10 - 15 cm).

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in the early 1920s at Hunnewell arboretum, Wellesley, Massachusetts, USA. Seed originated from the collections of E.H. Wilson during his travels in China. It was first formally described and named in 1923 by Murray Hornibrook, in Dwarf and Slow-growing Conifers.

Picea asperata 'Hunnewelliana' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger
Picea asperata 'Hunnewelliana' — a mature specimen in an arboretum setting.
Photo by Bill Barger