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North Star Spruce

Picea glauca 'North Star'

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North Star Spruce (Picea glauca 'North Star') at Bachman's Landscaping

Picea glauca 'North Star'

Picea glauca 'North Star'

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

North Star Spruce (Picea glauca 'North Star') at Bachman's Landscaping

Picea glauca 'North Star' foliage

Picea glauca 'North Star' foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height: 12 feet

Spread: 4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone: 3

Description:

An excellent choice for its resilience to harsh winter conditions, this sturdy, compact evergreen produces a densely branched, classic pyramid covered with medium green needles; great for larger exposed spaces, mixed borders and beds

Ornamental Features:

North Star Spruce has green foliage which emerges light green in spring. The needles remain green through the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The rough gray bark is not particularly outstanding.

Landscape Attributes:

North Star Spruce is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

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. It has no significant negative characteristics.

North Star Spruce is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • General Garden Use
  • Accent
  • Vertical Accent

Plant Characteristics:

North Star Spruce will grow to be about 12 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location.

This is a selection of a native North American species.

 
 
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