Picea rubens 'Pocono' / Red Spruce

Picea rubens 'Pocono' is a slow-growing, upright, irregular-growing selection of Red Spruce. The short, grayish-green needles are arranged radially along radically varying branching. The growth pattern is rather curious with stronger terminal branches growing rather normally, then later producing a cluster of buds which will produce only tight clumpy growth. After 10 years of growth, the gardener will have an odd clumpy tree, around 4 feet tall and 2 feet wide.

Layne Ziegenfuss of Leighton, Pennsylvania found the original plant growing in the wild in the Pocono Mountains of eastern Pennsylvania in 1966. This plant has been always relatively rare in the trade, but is well worth the hunt for someone looking for an unusual plant in the landscape or a cultivar that's underrepresented in the nursery trade,

Picea rubens 'Pocono' The Harper Collection of Dwarf & Rare Conifers located at Hidden Lake Gardens in Tipton, MI. Photo taken August of 2005.
Photo by Dax Herbst


Marjorie Russell

I was in Hershey today, saw a conifer with the needle-supporting branchlets hanging straight down, the needles attached at about 45 degrees. Were many similar trees in the area. What is it?

Maxwell Cohn

probably spruce, but impossible to say with certainty without pictures.