Creeping Norway Spruce

Picea abies 'Repens' Pinaceae

Growth habit





Conifer Slope, Mullestein Winter Garden

Source of plant

Lake County Nursery Inc., Environmentals


This is another form about which authors disagree: Beissner-Fitschen (p. 209), Hornibrook (p. 169), and den Ouden-Boom (p. 248) all refer to this name as being so poorly described as to be invalid. Moreover the illustration on p. 248 of den Ouden-Boom is incorrect; the fig. in Beissner-Fitschen is presumably `Repens', but is illustrated as `Procumbens'; it is therefore sensible to follow the description by Welch of the original plant from Hornibrook as a valid description: dwarf from, procumbent to spreading, branches layered from the middle of the plant outward, regular, dense and evenly formed; shoots orange-brown, glabrous, thin and very flexible, horizontally outspread, tips nodding slightly, annual growth 3 to 5 cm, leaf cushions not conspicuous; buds orange, oval-conical with sharp tips, terminal 3 to 4 mm long, the others 2 to 3 mm, usually 3 buds together at the branch tips; needles bright green to yellow-green (color variable), semi-radially arranged but very flat, twigs openly visible from beneath, very densely arranged and flexible to the touch, 8 to 10 mm long, straight, widest at the base with a distinct midrib drawn out to a small, sharp apex with 1 to 2 intermittent stomatal lines on either side.

USDA Hardiness Zone


Special characteristics

invasive, growth habit, winter interest, dwarf conifer