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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.


  • 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. 

2-3 ft


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
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Sun
  • 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
  • Accent
  • Border
  • Container
  • Evergreen
  • Rock garden
  • Specimen
Native to
  • Alaska
  • California
  • Oregon
  • Washington