Picea omorika 'Pendula Kuck' / Kuck's weeping serbian spruce
Picea omorika 'Pendula Kuck' is a moderately fast growing strictly weeping selection of Serbian spruce with a strong, yet somewhat meandering central leader; strictly weeping branches; and attractive silvery blue-green foliage. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 10 to 12 feet (3 m) tall and 4 feet (1.5 m) wide, an annual growth rate of 12 inches (30 cm).
'Pendula Kuck' bears a strong resemblance to the better-know cultivar 'Pendula Bruns.'
This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in 1983 at Friedrich Kuck Nursery of Oldenburg, Germany. The cultivar name for this conifer is extremely problematic. 'Pendula Kuck', is an illegitimate name due to mixing languages and using Latin in the cultivar name. However, it is the name that the originators chose and will remain. In the U.S. nursery trade, many permutations such as 'Kuck Weeping', and 'Kuck's Weeping' are quite common, but are simply attempts to Anglicize the Latin construct.
Picea omorika 'Pendula Kuck' at a nursery display garden in The Netherlands.
Photo by J.P. Schrauwen