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Picea sitchensis 'Papoose'

Dwarf Sitka Spruce

Originating on Vancouver Island, this is slow growing shrub that only puts on about two inches of growth each year. The needles are dark green underneath and silvery blue on top creating an attractive contrast. Great plant for a dwarf conifer collection or in the perennial border. Mature trees provide nesting sites and cover for many birds.

Benefits

Great cover and nesting for native birds
Very slow growing and perfect for small spaces
Perfect for grouping in any garden
Texture contrasts well with perennials
Easy to grow with few if any pests

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

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


Height
2-3 ft

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Spread
2-3 ft

USDA Hardiness Zone 5-8

Native Range

Wooded areas and slopes from Alaska south into California

Native Trivia

Dwarf Sitka Spruce originated from a Witches Broom. A dense cluster of branches found on many species of trees, in medieval times they were thought to be caused by witchcraft. Today we know fungi, mites, environment or genetic mutations cause them.


"Thick evergreen foliage low to the ground is a great place to nest and raise my babies"

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
Conifers
Exposure
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Sun
Soil
Well-drained
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
Songbirds
Habitat Collection
Songbird
Native Habitat
Forest
Foliage Color
Blue-green
Dark Green
Uses
Accent
Border
Container
Evergreen
Rock garden
Specimen
Native to
Alaska
California
Oregon
Washington