Dwarf Sitka spruce

Picea sitchensis 'Papoose'

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Brown
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Dwarf Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis 'Papoose')
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Genus:  Picea
This is a dwarf conifer with a rounded form. Juvenile needles grow like miniature puffballs on the tips of stubby, round branches and age to a silvery blue on one side and green on the other.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  An excellent cultivar for a dwarf conifer collection or to accompany perennial plantings. A beautifully formed slow grower, it increases its height and width by about 2 inches a year. New growth is as soft as fur; site where its texture can be appreciated and touched.
Care:  Prefers deep, moist but well-drained, neutral to acidic soil.
Propagation:  Graft in winter.
Problems:  Gall insects, aphids, caterpillars, sawfly, spider mites, lesion nematode, and scale instects. Various wood rots, witches' broom, mistletoe, rust, and needle cast.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Pace
Slow Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Characteristics
Showy Foliage
Foliage Color
Evergreen
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container
Style
Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Trees

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