Papoose Sitka Spruce

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This Dwarf Spruce is so cute!

We'll understand if you want to shower your new Papoose Sitka Spruce (Picea sitchensis 'Papoose') with tender loving care! From its diminutive size to its puffy texture and kitten-soft new growth - You'll love it!

The towering cousins can grow up to 100 feet, but these sweet little dwarf grafted Birds Nest coniferous trees grow just 4-6 feet in height and width! Extremely slow-growing, the overall profile is a globe-shape. Every chubby little branch ends in a sweet ball of blue-green needles. In the landscape, it will eventually grow into a rounded mound after ten years.

Hardy throughout USDA planting zones 6 to 8, these dwarf evergreens are highly adaptable and won't need a lot of care. Very deer-resistant, the new growth forms adorable blossom-like puffballs at the tips of the branches in the spring.

Planting and Application:

These are fanciful and unique trees that never become larger than mid-sized shrubs! The color stands out against dark home siding and is the perfect foundation planting for a new home so these plants have the time to reach their full size in time, along with the rest of your new landscaping.

One will shine on a raised berm in your front lawn, or a few dotted along the back of a garden border will eventually become a bright backdrop or a year-round privacy hedge while staying low enough to limit ongoing maintenance.

Papoose is like a living natural Bonsai tree, so have some fun and make it your own! The color glows in the Moon Garden, and in large tubs or planters, a Papoose will become an effective focal point!

Several Papoose Sitka Spruce planted together would be extremely effective in an Asian-style Zen Garden to represent the concept of "family". Or, use a single specimen as your focal point in a personal Meditation Garden. Mix with white flowering perennials and shrubs, variegated foliage plants, and other glaucous blue-green plants! They will become the pretty accents among a mixed shrub border - especially interspersed among other evergreen shrubs!

  • Dwarf Globe Spruce
  • Frosty Blue-Green Needles & Soft New Growth
  • Wonderful Very Dense Texture
  • Unique Fluffy Rounded New Growth
  • Showy Evergreen Hedges, Foundation Plantings, Containers & Specimens

#ProPlantTips for Care:

These Spruces do best in very well-drained soil conditions in full sun. Preferring evenly moist soil but Spruce do not tolerate standing water or soggy areas. While not particular about soil pH, adding Nature Hills Root Booster and a 3-4 inch layer of mulch around this plant's root system will benefit them greatly for life!

  • Full Sun & Some Part Shade
  • Moderate to Low Moisture Needs
  • Any Well-Drained Soil Location
  • Avoid Pruning - Only Prune Dead/Broken Branches
  • Incredibly Cold-Hardy & Drought-Tolerant

Get ready to enjoy the long-lived low-maintenance curiosity of the dwarf Papoose Sitka Spruce! So versatile and unique, you'll be happy to be the first on the block with one! Now at!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Papoose Sitka Spruce Is Suited to Grow in Zones 6-8
Growing Zones 6-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Picea sitchensis 'Papoose'
Type Evergreen
Mature Height 4 - 6 feet
Mature Spread 4 - 6 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Any Well-Drained
Moisture Moderate to Low
Growth Rate Slow
Foliage Evergreen
Foliage Color Blue, Green
Fall Color Evergreen
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time Early Spring