Picea rubens 'Halle's Cone' is a dwarf selection of Red Spruce. It is a beautiful dwarf cultivar with a tidy, upright habit with a very symmetrical growth habit. It has nice light-green needles and produces an abundance of small pendulous cones, typical of the species. Best estimate is that it will achieve 10 feet in height within 15-20 years, possibly sooner under good conditions in cultivation. The original plant is now about 30 years old and 8 feet in height.
Bill Journeay discovered the original plant as a seedling in an industrial plantation in Queens County, Nova Scotia, Canada and named it after his granddaughter, Halle. It was quite distinguishable as a compact, uniform cone . It was transplanted from the woods and is now growing at Kingsbrae Gardens in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada. (See Conifer Quarterly Vol. 26 No. 2, Spring 2009)
Picea rubens 'Halle's Cone' -- the original plant now at Kingsbrae Gardens, St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada.
Photo by Bill Journeay