Picea breweriana 'Wüstemeyer' / Wüstemeyer's Brewer spruce

Picea breweriana 'Wüstemeyer' is a slow-growing, globose selection of Brewer spruce. Its light, Blue-green needles are typical of the species. Branching is symmetrical and tight in young plants later becoming conical in form with weeping branchlets in older plants. Typical rate of growth is around 2 inches (5 cm) a year, resulting in a small tree 3 feet 90 cm) tall and 2 feet (60 cm) wide after 10 years in the landscape.

Werner Wüstemeyer of Schermbeck, Germany found the witch's broom that was to become this hard-to-find cultivar around 1978, naming it for himself. One will often encounter this conifer listed under the synonymous cultivar names, 'Hexenbesen Wüstemeyer' and 'H.B. Wüstemeyer.' Note that 'Wuestemeyer' is also an acceptable spelling in the English language.

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Picea breweriana 'Wüstemeyer' at the ACS Reference Garden, Oregon Garden, Silverton, OR 2013.
Photo by David Olszyk

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