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Picea sitchensis 'Papoose' (Dwarf Sitka spruce, 'Papoose' spruce)

Picea sitchensis 'Papoose' Photo/Illustration: Jennifer Brown


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Picea sitchensis 'Papoose' py-SEE-ah sit-CHEN-sis Common Name: Dwarf Sitka spruce, 'Papoose' spruce 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.
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 Winter Interest, Spring Interest, Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Trees

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