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Dwarf Sitka spruce

Picea sitchensis 'Papoose'

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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 CharacteristicsAn 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.

CarePrefers deep, moist but well-drained, neutral to acidic soil.

PropagationGraft in winter.

ProblemsGall insects, aphids, caterpillars, sawfly, spider mites, lesion nematode, and scale instects. Various wood rots, witches' broom, mistletoe, rust, and needle cast.

  • Genus : Picea
  • Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
  • Zones : 7, 8
  • Uses : Containers
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Growth Rate : Slow
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Plant Type : Trees
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