Dwarf spruce – decision-making paralysis

I was looking for a juniper and I found this bush that charmed me. In the store it was signed “spruce little gum”, but I didn’t find anything like that :smiley: I checked on the Internet if anyone makes bonsai from something like that – also nothing. But in the end it seems to be possible to make one from everything. This specimen had the most promising trunk shape in my opinion. It was hard to tell the rest of the branches, it was very dense.

I cleaned it up a bit. I had to remove 2 big branches that went almost parallel to the trunk (hence the cutting wound), but it helped me see more of what I was doing. I tried to bend them before, but they were very resistant.


Currently I would like to see it from this side as in the photo above, possibly even more turned to the left. Unfortunately I forgot to include how the roots look like, but this side is the best in my opinion.

There are still a lot of branches to remove, but this is where I got stuck and don’t know what to do next. I would like to ask you for help.


First I’ll describe what I thought of there:
2 is a cool branch, but I don’t know if it’s too high to be the defining one. 1 is lower, but it’s slimmer and pretty flimsy. It’s true that it has offshoots, so it’s alive (and probably will be revived now with more light) – but I don’t know if it’s good for anything.

Similarly with 3 and 4 – 4 could be used as a background, 3 should be left so that there would not be too big a gap in my opinion.

And now my problem begins :smiley:
5 or 6? One of them probably has to go, because they grow from the same place.

Depending on the previous choice what about 7, 8 and 9? Two of them to cut out or just one and one could stay for the back?

Here larger pictures if you need them.

Thanks in advance for your help!


It is most likley Picea abies ‘Little Gem’ which is a dwarf cultivar of Norway Spruce. I think I would stop cutting for now since you have already cut off a great deal of foliage. I might wire a little to make sure all of the branches get some sun and see what sort of back budding develops. That is apt to help guide future design decisions.