Picea abies 'Pendula'
4 to 12 ft. depending on early training and desired shape
10 ft., though widely variable
species native to Scandinavia, central and northern Europe
sun, part shade
USDA zones 3-7
hardy to 8,000 ft.
Widely variable in its shape, weeping Norway spruce is an unusual drooping evergreen tree. Depending on its early training, it can grow partially upright if staked and supported. Otherwise, it spreads across the ground.
Its weeping configuration makes this cultivar suitable as an accent plant if allowed adequate space to develop its unique character. It can be used either as a specimen plant, partial groundcover, or cascading plant over a rock wall. Grows approximately 12 inches per year.
At the Xeriscape Demonstration Garden, weeping Norway spruce is growing well in a shady location. Its unusual shape draws attention.
Little maintenance is necessary. Prune to desired shape occasionally.