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North Star White Spruce

Picea glauca 'North Star'

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North Star White Spruce (Picea glauca 'North Star') at Gertens

North Star White Spruce

North Star White Spruce

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North Star White Spruce (Picea glauca 'North Star') at Gertens

North Star White Spruce foliage

North Star White Spruce foliage

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Height:  12 feet

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Brand:  Gertens

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 White Spruce is a dwarf conifer which is primarily valued in the landscape or garden for its distinctively pyramidal habit of growth. It has rich green evergreen foliage which emerges light green in spring. The needles remain green throughout the winter.

Landscape Attributes

North Star White 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 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.

North Star White Spruce is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Vertical Accent
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

North Star White 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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Applications
Texture  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features