Picea omorika 'Bruns' / Bruns Serbian spruce

Picea omorika 'Bruns' is a robust, fast growing, narrowly conical selection of Serbian spruce with symmetrical branches that turn slightly upward at the ends. Needles are glossy blue-green with stunning silvery undersides. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 6 feet (2 m) tall and 2.5 feet (75 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of 6 to 8 inches (15 - 20 cm).

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in 1955 by H. Bruns Nursery, Bad Zwischenahn, Germany. This cultivar is often mistaken for the popular weeping cultivar, Picea omorika 'Pendula Bruns' which was introduced by the same nursery. 'Bruns' is a upright tree form.

Picea omorika 'Bruns' at a commercial nursery display garden in Oregon.
Photo by Sato, courtesy of Monrovia Nursery, inc.