Picea abies 'Formánek'

In the central part of Alpine, down by the road, you can see the original and oldest specimen of the spruce cultivar ‘Formánek’ (Picea abies ‘Formánek’). It was named after the gardener Vojtěch Formánek and planted in Alpino in 1942. From this specimen all other plants have been propagated at home and abroad. It is a slow-growing spruce that has a semi-erect or overhanging growth habit. The overall habit of the plant is interesting and original. It grows to a height of about 0.5 m, the branches are about 80 cm long at about 10 years of age, and the annual increments are 10 – 15 cm. At maturity it can reach a width of about 2 m. The needles have a fresh green colour.