Picea omorika ‘Pendula Bruns’
weeping Serbian spruce
© Iseli Nursery - Randall C. Smith
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!
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.