Picea abies 'Pendula' synonym of Picea abies 'Inversa'
Description: Weeping, densely branched tree with a variable habit and glossy green foliage. This is a very unusual weeping form of Norway Spruce with a habit that is much dependent upon training. If left untrained, Picea abies 'Inversa' will reach a height of only 75 - 100 cm tall, but will develop a large spreading gracefull habit looking good grown over garden features or rockeries. When the main leader is trained up a support it grows to be an exquisite, weeping small tree, with the branches hanging downwards and clinging tightly to the main stem.
Climate/Position: Avoid full sun
Height/Spread: • Height: 0.75 - 1 m x 4 - 5 m if untrained
If trained can be up to 3 metres height x 3 metres wide
Soil Requirements: Loamy, moisture-retentive soil with low pH. Does not grow well in dry sites.
Pruning: Tolerates pruning well.
If an upright weeping form is required then the main trunk must be trained upright on support to achieve the height required. From the point where support is lacking, the main branch hangs down sharply. All lateral branches also hang down sharply, close up against the trunk. At a more mature age, the lateral branches even grow along the ground, creating a very characteristic shape. Width approx. 2 – 2.5 m. 'Inversa' can also be cultivated without support, then the plant takes on a creeping manner of growth.
Raised at R. Smith Nursery, Worcester, England, 1862