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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
We are pleased to be able to offer this 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.