Picea asperata 'Jeff Philips' / Jeff Philips Dragon spruce
Picea asperata'Jeff Philips' is a diminutive, flattened globose selection of Dragon spruce with symmetrical layered branching and attractive, stout, stiff, densely arranged Blue gray needles. Older plants will eventually develop some apical dominance, becoming more-or-less pyramidal in habit. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 12 inches (30 cm) tall and somewhat wider, an annual growth rate of 1 inch (2.5 cm) or less.
This cultivar originated as a witch's broom found in the Bredgebury National Pinetum, Goudhurst, United Kingdom. It is named for Jeff Philips, a former employee at Bredgebury, who probably first found the broom or first propagated it. This is the very first and, as of 2018, the only known witch's broom selection for this species.
Picea asperata 'Jeff Phillips' at the Smits pinetum, Volkel, The Netherlands.
Photo by Sam Pratt