Weeping Norway Spruce

Picea abies 'Pendula'

8 Reviews

Weeping Norway Spruce

Picea abies 'Pendula'

8 Reviews


How are the heights measured?

All tree, and nothin' but the tree! We measure from the top of the soil to the top of the tree; the height of the container or the root system is never included in our measurements.

What is a gallon container?

Nursery containers come in a variety of different sizes, and old-school nursery slang has stuck. While the industry-standard terminology is to call the sizes "Gallon Containers", that doesn't exactly translate to the traditional liquid "gallon" size we think of. You'll find we carry young 1-gallons, up to more mature 7-gallons ranging anywhere from 6 inches to 6ft.

How does the delivery process work?

All of our orders ship via FedEx Ground! Once your order is placed online, our magic elves get right to work picking, staging, boxing and shipping your trees. Orders typically ship out within 2 business days. You will receive email notifications along the way on the progress of your order, as well as tracking information to track your plants all the way to their new home!

Why are some states excluded from shipping?

The short & sweet answer is: "United States Department of Agriculture Restrictions." Every state has their own unique USDA restrictions on which plants they allow to come into their state. While we wish we could serve everyone, it's for the safety of native species and helps prevent the spread of invasive disease & pests. We've gotta protect good ole' Mother Nature, after all.

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The Weeping Norway Spruce is a unique and remarkable evergreen feature plant that has more character than just about any other plant you can grow. It will scramble and cascade across the ground, or it can be trained up on a fence or wall. It can be staked into an upright form up to 15 feet tall, or allowed to spread across the ground in an ever-widening circle. This is a hardy tree that will be happy in the coldest areas of the country, and will easily survive winter temperatures of minus 40 degrees. It will grow in almost any kind of soil, in a sunny spot, and it will easily survive dry periods, once established.

  • Unique weeping and scrambling habit
  • Outstanding specimen plant for many different locations
  • Grow it naturally or train it as you wish into many forms
  • Winter hardy to minus 40 degrees
  • Grows in all kinds of soils and is pest and disease free

Use the Weeping Norway Spruce in an Asian-themed garden, or planted among rocks and gravel in any garden at all. Train it on a wall or stake it up into a specimen tree. Its unique form and enormous character will bring something very special into any garden, and be a great talking point with friends and neighbours too. The possibilities are endless for using this remarkable plant in any garden.

Plant Hardiness Zones 3-7
Mature Width 4-15
Mature Height 4-15
Sun Needs Full Sun
Zones 3-7

The majority of trees grow into an upright or rounded form. So plants that don’t do that always catch the eye and are very important to bring character to the garden. Weeping plants are particularly useful, and loved by gardeners, because they contrast so well with other plants, and allow us to make marvelous accents, as well as looking beautiful on slopes and banks, or cascading over walls. The Weeping Norway Spruce is more than just a weeping plant – it is a unique and very special plant that has enormous character and brings something very special into your garden.

If you garden in colder areas, finding interesting and hardy plants can be that much more difficult, but with the Weeping Norway Spruce we have a plant which is hardy to minus 40 degrees and thrives in all the cooler regions of the country. It will grow readily in almost any kind of is well-drained soil, and once established it will survive normal summer drought with ease. This tree has no significant pests and diseases, so it needs no special care – or really any care at all – to thrive and grow into a fascinating specimen.

Growing Weeping Norway Spruce Trees

The Weeping Norway Spruce is an intriguing and eye-catching evergreen plant. It is a special form of the large, upright Norway Spruce tree, but with branches that hang down vertically, instead of growing upright. Left alone it will develop into a creeping mound of branches two or three feet tall, spreading as much as 10 feet in all directions. Grown that way it makes a terrific plant for any sunny location, undulating across gravel or a stone-covered bed, which could be a flat area, or a slope. Planted at the top of a wall it will cascade down in a very attractive way, softening the appearance of the wall. This tree will look beautiful in all seasons, with its softer-green new growth in spring or with its needles dusted with snow in the winter months.

Uses on Your Property

But that is just the start of your options with this remarkable plant. It can be trained up onto a fence or a wall as a unique covering. It can be tied up with one or more stakes and that way it can be raised as much as 15 feet into the air. You will have a remarkable and attractive plant with just a little training. The interesting thing about the Weeping Norway Spruce is that no two plants develop in the same way – like people or pets, each one will grow in its own way, with or without guidance from you.

The great thing about the Weeping Norway Spruce is its versatility. Because it can be trained into many forms, it is attractive growing over rocks and gravel; as a feature in an Asian-themed garden; planted on terraces and slopes; trained on walls and fences; or even grown in a large pot on a terrace. To train your tree on a sunny wall, attach horizontal wires across the wall 18 inches apart. Tie the branches loosely to the wires, training them upwards and spreading them out as the tree grows. It is possible to cover a large area of a wall, even 10 feet tall or more, with a Weeping Norway Spruce, to make a unique and very attractive feature out of a blank and sterile space.

Staking Your Tree

To train your Weeping Norway Spruce into a taller specimen, use a tall steel rod as a stake and attach a sturdy branch to it, pointing the branch upwards. As the new shoots develop, continue to train one up the rod until you reach the height you want. Side branches will naturally develop and of course they will be weeping and will cascade down to the ground. You can even use two or three rods to develop a larger specimen.

History and Origins of the Weeping Norway Spruce

The Norway Spruce (Picea abies) is a large forest tree that grows across Scandinavia into Russia, as well as in the European Alps. It is a fast-growing tree that can reach 100 to 200 feet in height, with a slender upright form and a single trunk. Its attractive, deep green needles, which can be an inch long, are densely clustered around the shoots and the cones can be 6 inches long. The bark is shaggy and attractive, giving a rugged character to the tree.

It is widely grown for lumber, but because it is so large it is only suitable for very large gardens, but the Weeping Norway Spruce makes it possible to grow this tree in any garden. This unique form was developed from branches that arose on wild trees and that lacked the habit of growing upright. These have been selected and grown by knowledgeable gardeners for many years. Unlike a lot of other special conifers, this plant has kept the fast-growing habit of its parent, and will grow up to a foot of new branches each year.

Buying Weeping Norway Spruces at The Tree Center

As you would expect, the Weeping Norway Spruce must be reproduced in a special way to preserve its unique habit. Our plants are grown by taking stem pieces from properly identified plants and attaching these pieces onto seedling Norway Spruce trees. After a period of special care the weeping stems bond to the roots of the seedling and grow. Avoid cheaper trees that may simply be weak seedling plants with a slightly weeping habit, but they will certainly not have the character and charm of the true Weeping Norway Spruce.

We are pleased to be able to offer this special plant to our customers, and for anyone looking for a unique but easily grown specimen plant this is a great opportunity. However, our stocks can be limited, so act now and bring the special character of the Weeping Norway Spruce into your own garden.

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Weeping Norway Spruce

Picea abies 'Pendula'

8 Reviews