dense, pyramidal growth with dark green, stiff, shiny needles that are
very, very short - only 1/4 to 3/8 of an inch long. When mature the
branches become more pendulous, giving this tree a very elegant,
graceful appearance. Produces cones that are only 1" wide and 3" - 4"
long. The cones start out as purple, maturing to a coppery brown. Makes
an excellent specimen planting. Also an excellent choice for container
gardens, rock gardens, and bonsai use.
Plant Facts & Specifications
--Mature Height : 40 - 50 ft
--Mature Width : 10 - 15 ft
--Growth Rate :
Slow to moderate ( 3" - 6" avg per yr )
--Hardiness Zones : 4 - 8
--Sun Exposure :
Full sun preferred, but will accept partial sun as well
--Soil Preference :
Average to slightly fertile & acidic - well drained. Mulching recommended
--Foliage Color & Texture :
Evergreen - shorter, stiffer needle like foliage than most typical Spruce varieties. Needles are rarely longer than 1/2" long, and are a very dark green color
--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts :
Cones - smaller than typical for spruce trees. Cones start out green, and ripen into a coppery brown color in mid fall. Cones contain numerous winged seeds.
--Diseases / Insects :
White sawfly, and bagworms are among the only real threats noticed on this variety.
--Recommended Spacing :
No specific spacing recommendations - depends upon use.
--Deer Resistance Rating : Lowest Resistance [ 1 - 2 - 3 -4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 ] Highest Resistance
--Fertilization / Feeding :
For maximum health & hardiness, we highly recommend a good grade granular ( preferably organic ) fertilizer / plant food for use with all of our plant species. We personally use, and recommend the Espoma line of organic plant foods, as they are super effective yet gentle enough to use on even the most delicate of evergreen species where fertilizer burn would normally be a major concern. However, a water soluble type plant food (Miracle Gro, or equivalent ) are also acceptable options. Other granular fertilizers with a 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio can also be used - but we suggest using them at 1/2 - 3/4 strength to avoid any chemical burn issues to the root system of the plants. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. The Espoma Organic Plant Foods may be used at anytime.