Picea abies 'Pendula'

Tried and Trouble-free Recommended by 2 Professionals
Common Name: Norway spruce
Type: Needled evergreen
Family: Pinaceae
Zone: 3 to 7
Height: 4.00 to 15.00 feet
Spread: 4.00 to 15.00 feet
Bloom Time: Non-flowering
Bloom Description: Non-flowering
Sun: Full sun
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Leaf: Evergreen
Tolerate: Deer, Air Pollution


Grow in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Best in cold climates, and will not grow well south of USDA Zone 7. Must be trained to the desired shape.

Noteworthy Characteristics

‘Pendula’ is an unusual weeping cultivar of Norway spruce. It is an irregularly shaped evergreen whose form will vary considerably depending upon its early training. Unless staked and supported, it generally does not grow upward, but instead will mostly spread along the ground as a woody ground cover. It can be a very unique specimen in the landscape, particularly if located in a spot where its form can be best utilized. If staked and supported, it can grow generally upright into a 10-15’ tall tree. Stiff dark green needles (to 3/4” long). Norway spruce (the species) is a pyramidal evergreen tree that typically matures to 40-60’ tall in cultivation in North America, but may reach 200’ tall in the wild in its optimum native growing environments in Europe.


No serious insect or disease problems. Canker, wood decay, needle cast and rust may occur. Watch for aphids, bagworms and mites.

Garden Uses

Weeping evergreen tree that can be trained in a variety of ways for specimen use in the landscape. Use it as a small tree or a ground cover or cascade it over a stone wall.