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PICEA abies 'Pendula'

Image of Picea abies 'Pendula'

James H. Schutte

Family

Pinaceae

Botanical Name

PICEA abies 'Pendula'

Plant Common Name

Norway Spruce, Weeping Norway Spruce

General Description

This beautifully pendulous cultivar of Norway spruce is highly popular because it is easy to grow, very hardy and beautiful. It is a large, fast growing, evergreen that originates from Europe.

There is quite a bit of variability in these trees. Some have a strong upright trunk, while others don’t, and the branches may be strongly pendulous and weeping to lightly drooping. Width also may vary. Some specimens are more upright while others have spreading horizontal branches. The short, angled needles of this spruce are dark green, fragrant and have sharp tips. They cover the dense branches and look great all season. The elongated, cylindrical, brown cones are resinous and litter the ground below the trees.

Full sun and well-drained, friable, acid to neutral soils are needed for the best growth and appearance. Though this commonly planted spruce is widely adapted to a range of soil types. 'Pendula' is usually grown as a specimen plant but also makes a superb large screen.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 14, 15, 16, 17

  • Plant Type

    Needled or Scaled Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    50'-60' / 15.2m - 18.3m

  • Width

    25'-30' / 7.6m - 9.1m

  • Native To

    Europe

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Pyramidal

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Sandy Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Platy

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Screening / Wind Break

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No