Picea omorika ‘Pendula Bruns’

weeping Serbian spruce

  • © Iseli Nursery - Randall C. Smith

Outstanding Qualities

If you are looking for a conifer that provides a focal point for the garden, this selection of Serbian spruce offers a unique columnar form with branches that sweep downwards and seem to tightly embrace the somewhat spiral shape. With age the appearance of this evergreen might remind some of a fanciful character out of a Dr. Suess story. The needles are blue-green above and, from underneath, a gleam of silvery white peeks out. Be aware that there is another cultivar of Picea omorika called 'Bruns' which is not weeping, the shape is much like the species in being upright so be cautious when shopping!

Quick Facts

Plant Type: narrow conifer

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 8 ft. 0 in. (2.44 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 2 ft. 0 in. (0.61 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 30 ft. 0 in. (9.14 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 6 ft. 0 in. (1.83 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 8

Flower Color: none

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: drought tolerant once established

Seasonal Interest: year-round evergreen conifer with unique form

Wildlife Associations: birds

Resistant to: deer

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: burgundy, purple, variegated

Great Color Partners: blue, dark green, silver

Culture Notes
This spruce grows best in full sun. It prefers a well-drained or sandy soil, but will tolerate clay. Once established it is drought tolerant. It has a strong resistance to insects and diseases. Notably, it is especially resistant to the highly damaging conifer aphid. Little pruning is needed to keep it looking its best, only remove any dead or broken branches.
Geek Notes
Picea omorika 'Pendula Bruns' was selected in 2007 by the American Conifer Society as a Collectors Conifer of the Year. This cultivar was discovered at Bruns Nursery in Germany.