August 17, 2017

Weeping Not Pining

Picea abies 'Pendula' - weeping Norway spruce

Picea abies ‘Pendula’ – weeping Norway spruce | Janine Pineo Photo

Picea abies 'Pendula' - weeping Norway spruce

Cones of Picea abies ‘Pendula’ – weeping Norway spruce | Janine Pineo Photo

Given half a chance, Picea abies ‘Pendula’ would end up weeping over the land as a groundcover. But with a well-placed support and training over the years, weeping Norway spruce can reach up to 15 feet in height. Hardy to Zone 3, this evergreen is an extremely slow grower: It can reach about 5 feet in height in 10 years but then can take decades to reach its mature height. As a transplant, it will require watering in its first year to help establish a solid root system. After that, its needs are modest, with its greatest demand to be in full sun with that stake for an upright posture.

Garden Maine is showcasing some of the plants on display during the 2013 Bangor garden show held April 5-7 at the Bangor Auditorium.