Picea orientalis 'Smee WB'

Picea orientalis 'Smee WB' is a recently introduced dwarf Caucasian spruce. Although fluffy in appearance, the Blue-green needles are fairly stiff and sharp. The overall structure of the plant is that of a flattened globe. Annual rate of growth is 1 to 2 inches (2.5 - 5 cm) per year, significantly more outward than up. After 10 years in the garden one can expect a flatten disk 12 to 18 inches (30 - 45 cm) wide and 10 inches (25 cm) tall.

This cultivar originated as a witch's broom found in 2007 by Stephen Grubb in a city park local to his home in Dorset, United Kingdom. Although the original broom was rather scruffy, its progeny have proven to be quite tidy and garden-worthy.

Picea orientalis 'Smee WB' at the originator's garden in Dorset, UK. A 3-year-old plant when the photo was taken in 2010.
Photo by Stephen Grubb
Picea orientalis 'Smee WB' — the original witch's broom in the U.K.
Photo by Stephen Grubb