Picea engelmannii 'Talbot Lake' / Talbot Lake Engelmann spruce
Picea engelmannii'Talbot Lake' is a diminutive, globose selection of Engelmann spruce with uniform, radiating branches and bright, attractive Blue-green needles. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 10 inches (25 cm) tall and wide, an annual growth rate of around 1 inch (2.5 cm).
This cultivar originated as a witch's broom found in the late 1980s by Günter Horstmann of Schneverdingen, Germany. He found the original broom growing on a species tree along the shores of Talbot Lake in Jasper National Park, Alberta Canada. After successful propagation, introduced it to the nursery trade through his family nursery in the early 1990s. A specimen of ‘Talbot Lake’ would be a wonderful addition to an Alpine garden or rockery.
Picea engelmannii 'Talbot Lake' — a tidy mature specimen in a private garden in Belgium. Photo by Arsène Sapin
Picea engelmannii 'Talbot Lake' — growing in a rock garden setting. Photo by Bill Barger