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Height: 18 inches
Spread: 24 inches
Hardiness Zone: 3a
Other Names: Norwegian Spruce
A phenomenally slow growing rock garden plant which bears almost no resemblance to the species; slowly spreads into a mounded form, excellent for adding year-round greenery to a rock garden composition without threatening the neighbors
Minima Spruce is a dwarf conifer which is primarily valued in the garden for its interestingly mounded form. It has rich green evergreen foliage which emerges light green in spring. The needles remain green throughout the winter.
Minima Spruce is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a mounded form. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which should be used to full effect.
This is a relatively low maintenance shrub. When pruning is necessary, it is recommended to only trim back the new growth of the current season, other than to remove any dieback. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Minima Spruce is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Minima Spruce will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.
This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.