White Spruce

(Picea glauca)

Picea glauca
  • A native conifer that grows throughout the northern latitudes.  Offers dense compact form. Use as a specimen tree, in mass plantings, useful for screening and as a wind break. Very adaptable to difficult planting conditions.

Ornamental features:

  • Medium to fast growth rate in moist soils.
  • Short stiff bluish green needles.
  • Dense, broadly pyramidal compact form with stiff upright branches.
  • Easy to transplant under varied conditions.

Wildlife value:

  • Provides important winter cover for wildlife.  Used for nesting, roosting and winter cover. Seeds eaten by birds and rodents.
  • Short prickly needles are semi-resistant to deer browse.

Horticulture profile:

  • Zone 2 to 6
  • Grows 40 to 60 ft Tall x 15 to 20 ft wide.
  • Medium growth rate, 8 to 12 ft in 10 years.
  • Tolerant of a range of soil, moisture and pH conditions.
  • Tolerant of high wind, drought, heat and extreme cold.
  • Full sun or half shade.
  • Native to Alaska, northern Canada south to NY, MI, MN.