Picea glauca 'Hobbit' / Hobbit Alberta spruce

Picea glauca var. albertiana 'Hobbit' is a globose to slightly conical selection of Alberta spruce with fine, tiny, light green needles and exceptionally tight growth structure. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 18 inches (45 cm) tall and wide, an annual rate of growth of less than 2 inches (5 cm). Unlike many other clones of this species, 'Hobbit' is not known to revert to mature foliage.

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in 1979 by Iseli Nursery, Boring, Oregon, USA.

Picea glauca 'Hobbit' growing in northwestern Pennsylvania, USDA Zone 5b. Annual growth less than 1 inch, this plant about 15 years old.
Photo by William Dunagin