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Cultural Details for Picea abies 'Pumila'

Common Name:
Dwarf Norway Spruce

Growth Rate:
Medium to fast especially in youth

Average Mature Height:

Average Mature Width:

Flower Details:
Monoecious, spread on the crowns of the trees and reddish pink in color

Fruit Details:
Cones are cylindrical, 4-6” long, 1.5-2” wide, purple or green in youth, light brown at maturity

Fall Color:

Bark Details:
Usually thin on young trees; on old trees thick with small, thin, gray-brown, flaking surface scales.

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
Susceptible to red spider, spruce gall aphid, budworm and borers.

Native Habitat:
Introduced in colonial times. Northern and central Europe, specifically from Ural Mountains to the Balkan Peninsula to Switzerland, Norway and northern Finland.

Other Features:

Culture and Care:
Transplant balled-and-burlapped in large sizes (3-4’ and greater); move readily because of shallow, spreading root system; performs best in moderately moist, sandy, acid, well-drained soils; prefers cool climate.

This plant was blooming:

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
Bed 167

    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.