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Papoose Dwarf Sitka Spruce

Picea sitchensis 'Papoose'

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Papoose Dwarf Sitka Spruce (Picea sitchensis 'Papoose') at Moana Nursery

Papoose Dwarf Sitka Spruce foliage

Papoose Dwarf Sitka Spruce foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Papoose Dwarf Sitka Spruce (Picea sitchensis 'Papoose') at Moana Nursery

Papoose Dwarf Sitka Spruce

Papoose Dwarf Sitka Spruce

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  5 feet

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  5

Description:

A slow growing evergreen shrub which displays a dense globular habit; buds open to reveal lime green new foliage, and silver blue needles reveal green undersides; a stunning choice to create interest in the smaller home landscape

Ornamental Features

Papoose Dwarf Sitka Spruce has attractive silvery blue foliage with green undersides which emerges lime green in spring. The small needles are highly ornamental and remain silvery blue throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Papoose Dwarf Sitka Spruce is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub. When pruning is necessary, it is recommended to only trim back the new growth of the current season, other than to remove any dieback. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Papoose Dwarf Sitka Spruce is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Papoose Dwarf Sitka Spruce will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 80 years or more.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden 
Applications
Foliage Color  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features

Please note: Our Plant Guide is all about plants that will work in the high desert. It is not, nor is it intended to be, a current list of plants in stock on hand at each location or at our farm. We purposely do not sell or ship plants via the internet. Plant questions and availability are best determined in-store.