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SPRUCE
Picea

Description:
Spruce refers to a genus of about 35 species of coniferous evergreen trees found in the northern regions of the earth.  Spruces are popular ornamental trees admired for their evergreen, symmetrical, narrow-conical growth habit.

 

Common Name: Norway Spruce, Blue Spruce, Alberta Spruce
Botanical Name: Picea
Type: Evergreen tree or shrub
Growth Rate: Slow
Soil Preference: Prefers a rich, well-drained acidic, moist soil.  Low salt tolerance
Light Requirements: Full Sun
Attributes: Evergreen
Pests: Mites, Pine Needle Scale, Borer
Diseases: Rust
Care:

Planting Instructions: Trees & Shrubs
Water & Fertilizer Schedule
Trimming

 

Varieties:

This variety listing is for informational purposes only, it is not a catalog. 
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Picea abies
Norway Spruce
zones 2-7
Description:  A fast growing Spruce with down sweeping dark green branches.  If used as a privacy hedge or windbreak, plant 6 feet apart. Norway Spruce tolerates most soils if moist and transplants easily if balled and burlapped or potted. Trees subjected to drought are much happier if they receive periodic irrigation although they tolerate drought well.
Bloom Color: N/A
Bloom Time: N/A
Foliage Color: Dark green
Height: 60-100' (Grows 2' per year)
Spread: 25-35'


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Picea abies 'Cuppressiana'
Columnar Norway Spruce
zones 2-7
 
Description:  Narrow growth habit forms a neat vertical accent.  Very good as a hedge or individual specimen.  It's medium green color persists through all 4 seasons.
Bloom Color: N/A
Bloom Time: N/A
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 35-45'
Spread: 6-8'


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Picea abies 'Fat Cat'
Fat Cat Dwarf Norway Spruce
zones 3-7
 
Description:  A dense, rounded form of the bird's-nest-type Norway Spruce. It has very short, stiff needles and short shoots that give it the appearance of a rotund, green cat, curled up in a ball for a snooze. Extremely hardy, reliable and slow-growing, this kitty creates a presence in the landscape, but don't try to pet its "fur".
Bloom Color: N/A
Bloom Time: N/A
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 3-4'
Spread: 3-4'


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Picea abies 'Little Gem'
Little Gem Nest Spruce
zones 2-7
 
Description:  Very tiny nest type Spruce.  Slow grower.
Bloom Color: N/A
Bloom Time: N/A
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 2-3'
Spread: 1-2'


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Picea abies 'Pendula'
Weeping Norway Spruce
zones 2-7
 
Description:  A strong, upright grower with pendulous green branches.  Makes a terrific accent plant or specimen.
Bloom Color: N/A
Bloom Time: N/A
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 25'
Spread: 25-50'


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Picea abies 'Pusch'
Pusch Dwarf Norway Spruce
zones 3-8
 
Description:  A compact form of 'Acrocona’, this selection reliably produces its bright red cones at an early age. The compact form and rounded habit make it a low maintenance specimen for the garden.
Bloom Color: N/A
Bloom Time: N/A
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 3-4'
Spread: 3-4'


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Picea glauca 'Cecilia'
Cecilia White Spruce
zones 3-7
 
Description:  This is a super selection with very short, glossy, silvery-blue needles.  This very dense, compact miniature will grow only to about the size of a basketball in around 12 years.  An excellent choice for the rock garden or anywhere a low maintenance plant is needed. 
Bloom Color: N/A
Bloom Time: N/A
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 12-15" (10 year growth size)
Spread: 12-15"


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Picea glauca 'Conica'
Dwarf Alberta Spruce
zones 2-6
 
Description:  Light green new growth in spring darkens with maturity.   Use a systemic miticide as directed in early May and July 4th to ward off spider mites.  Slowly grows to a height of 6 feet in about 12 years.
Bloom Color: N/A
Bloom Time: N/A
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 8-20'
Spread: 2-5'


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Picea glauca 'Pixie Dust'
Dwarf Alberta Spruce
zones 4-7
 
Description:  Extremely dense, compact and slow growing, this almost-miniature selection resembles 'Conica' in form, but offers a special feature. When the second flush of growth emerges in summer, the new tips are yellow, a surprising effect that contrasts dramatically with the deep-green, mature foliage.
Bloom Color: N/A
Bloom Time: N/A
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 12-15"
Spread: 12-15"


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Picea mariana 'Nana'
Black/Birds Nest Spruce
zones 4-7
 
Description:  Use as a ground cover or plant individually in shrub borders.  Needles have a blue cast to them.
Bloom Color: N/A
Bloom Time: N/A
Foliage Color: Blusish-Greeen
Height: 2-3'
Spread: 4-6'


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Picea orientalis 'Bergman's Gem'
Bergman's Gem Dwarf Oriental Spruce
zones 4-7
 
Description:  Bergman's Gem' is an excellent dwarf conifer. Its flattened-globe form is covered in tiny, very short needles that are a polished dark green. Somewhat funnel shaped when young but matures to a flat global bush
Bloom Color: N/A
Bloom Time: N/A
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 1-2'
Spread: 2-3'


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Picea orientalis 'Shadow's Broom'
Shadow's Broom Dwarf Oriental Spruce
zones 4-7
 
Description:  Produces bright, spring-green new growth that quickly matures to one of the darkest, richest greens in the conifer world. Short, closely held, shiny, green needles cover the tree’s ascending, rigid branches. When young, it frequently displays a funnel-like center. As it matures, a leader develops and it slowly becomes a broad, mounding specimen.
Bloom Color: N/A
Bloom Time: N/A
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 4-5'
Spread: 4-5'


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Picea pungens 'Baby Blue
Baby Blue Spruce
zones 4-7
 
Description:  A compact, slow growing cultivar with silvery-blue to bright blue needles.  This compact selection only grows to 12-14 feet at maturity, making it an excellent accent tree for the landscape.
Bloom Color: N/A
Bloom Time: N/A
Foliage Color: Blue
Height: 12-14'
Spread: 4-6'


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Picea pungens 'Bakeri'
Bakeri Dwarf Blue Spruce
zones 4-7
 
Description:  A grafted variety that is deeper blue than the normal species and has a very compact growth habit.  Makes a good landscape specimen where a smaller evergreen tree is required.  The tree prefers a rich, moist soil, and benefits from irrigation in dry weather. Trees benefit from a layer of mulch extending beyond the edge of the branches. This keeps roots cool and reduces moisture loss from the soil. Grows 10-12' in about 25 years.
Bloom Color: N/A
Bloom Time: N/A
Foliage Color: Blue
Height: 12'
Spread: 12-15'


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Picea pungens glauca 'Globosa'
Globe Colorado Spruce
zones 4-7
 
Description: A compact, rounded, flat-topped bush that at maturity is wider than high.  The needles are bluish-white.  Available in shrub or standard form.  Very slow growth rate.
Bloom Color: N/A
Bloom Time: N/A
Foliage Color: Blue
Height: 2-3'
Spread: 2-3'

 


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