Picea schrenkiana 'Alma Ata' / Alma Ata Schrenk's spruce

Picea schrenkiana 'Alma Ata' is a miniature globose selection of Schrenk's spruce. It has the typical grayish-green needles of the type, but slightly shorter. The plant's overall structure is globose to irregular globose. After 10 years in the garden a mature specimen will be less than 12 inches (30 cm) tall and only slightly narrower, suggesting an annual rate of growth of less than 1 inch (2.5 cm).

This cultivar originated as a witch's broom found in 1987 by the renowned German plantsman Günter Eschrich in the town of Alma Ata, Kazakhstan. He named it for the town where he found the original broom.

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Picea schrenkiana 'Alma Ata' in the Smits Pinetum, Volkel, The Netherlands.
Photo by Edwin Smits
Picea schrenkiana 'Alma Ata' in the collection of Arsène Sapin in France.
Photo by Arsène Sapin

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