Picea abies ‘Farnsburg’

April 27, 2011

There are so many different cultivars of the Picea abies (Norway Spruce). Sometimes when there are so many. the forms may not look so different when the plant is young. It may take several years for the distinct habit of the form to show itself. Such is the case with this cultivar, and early training can make a huge difference in the ultimate look. Once I had two plants of Farnsburg and staked one and let the other tumble. The one that was staked developed apical dominance and looked like a thin pyramidal Norway spruce with a droopiness to it. The other looked like this one in the picture. Actually there are a

Picea abies 'Farnsburg'

number of weepers that in my opinion look better left unstaked and allowed to ramble on the ground, between rocks and other plants. This is a fine garden plant for mostly sun to part shade. It is propagated by grafting.

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