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Cultural Details for Picea glauca var. conica

Common Name:
Dwarf White Spruce

Growth Rate:
Very slow (about 2-4" per year).

Average Mature Height:
10 to 12' in 25 to 30 years.

Average Mature Width:
Becomes broadly conical with time

Flower Details:
pale red monoecious becoming yellow, pistillate purple; late-May.

Fruit Details:
Pendulous, cylindrical cones, 1-2" long.

Fall Color:
All seasons- bluish green.

Bark Details:
Thin, flakey or scaly, ashy brown; freshly exposed layer somewhat silvery.

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
Mites can sometimes be a problem, and has been seen to revert to the species on occasion.

Native Habitat:

Other Features:
The foliage (needles 0.25-0.5" long) is light green, densely set, and the needles radiate around the stem, interesting specimen or novelty plant.

Culture and Care:
Transplants readily; makes its best growth on moist loam or alluvial soils; best in full sun, but tolerant of some shade.

This plant was blooming:

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
321, 322, 323, 324, 325

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.