Dwarf Sitka spruce Picea sitchensis 'Papoose' Photo/Illustration: Jennifer Brown 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Dwarf Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis 'Papoose') py-SEE-ah sit-CHEN-sis 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 Attracts Song Birds, Showy Foliage Foliage Color Evergreen Uses Beds and Borders, Container Style Rock Garden Seasonal Interest Spring Interest Type Trees Picea sitchensis 'Papoose'View the discussion thread.