Picea omorika 'Fröndenberg' / Fröndenberg Serbian spruce

Picea omorika Fröndenberg is a dwarf, flattened to spreading globose selection of Serbian spruce with dense, short stubby branching and attractive silver-Blue foliage. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 16 inches (40 cm) tall and 32 inches (80 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of 1.5 - 3 inches (4 - 8 cm).

This cultivar originated as a witch's broom found in 1996 during a joint brooming effort by Germany's Günther Eschrich and Uwe Horstmann. This conifer is also known as [ Horstrich ], an amalgam of the Horstmann and Eschrich names. The plant is named for the town of Fröndenberg, a town in the district of Unna, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

Picea omorika 'Fröndenberg' — a mature specimen in the Flora Wonder arboretum, Gaston, Oregon.
Photo by David Olszyk
Picea omorika 'Fröndenberg' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by David Olszyk