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Hedgehog White Spruce

Picea glauca 'Echiniformis'

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Hedgehog White Spruce (Picea glauca 'Echiniformis') at Gertens

Hedgehog White Spruce

Hedgehog White Spruce

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Height:  24 inches

Spread:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a


An extremely miniature and compact evergreen with short gray-green needles, forms a dense, compact mound; ideal for rock garden or other detail garden use, somewhat sensitive to winter burn, may require some protection; relatively rare

Ornamental Features

Hedgehog White Spruce is a dwarf conifer which is primarily valued in the garden for its ornamental globe-shaped form. It has grayish green evergreen foliage which emerges light green in spring. The needles remain grayish green throughout the winter.

Landscape Attributes

Hedgehog White Spruce is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a more or less rounded form. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which should be used to full effect.

This is a high maintenance shrub that will require regular care and upkeep. 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.

Hedgehog White Spruce is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Hedgehog White Spruce will grow to be about 24 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 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.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Rock  Garden 
Texture  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features