Little Gem Norway Spruce
Perfect Low Growing Little Gem Norway Spruce
- Dwarf Evergreen Conifer
- Compact, Flat Topped Globe Form Looks Neat and Tidy
- Easy Care
- Year-Round Interest
- Wonderful Foundation Plant
- Great in Containers
- Rich Green Needles Form a Dense, Bird Friendly Shelter Plant
- Slow Growing Shrubs Never Need Pruning
You'll love this hard-working, pretty, small evergreen. The No drama Little Gem Norway Spruce (Picea abies Little Gem') simply performs beautifully for you, no matter where you choose to use it. Every landscape design needs evergreen shrubs to act as structure. You might consider them the bones, or even the framing or scaffolding of your design.
Nature Hills expert growers love these workhorse plants and take special pride in growing them. We actually baby them a bit, to be honest with you. It's hard not to fall in love with them.
After all, we know how important each plant will be over the life of your landscape. From foundation plantings, to the forefront of a long mixed garden border, Little Gem Norway Spruce adds a tremendous amount of year-long interest.
And we're happy to report that you'll never have to prune it. It develops slowly over time to achieve a flat-topped, rounded, compact globe. It looks wonderful, whether planted in the ground, or in outdoor containers.
The short, deep green needles are held densely. Your local songbirds love making their shelter in this small shrub. Keep some bird feeders nearby to further encourage them.
Use one as a specimen or try them in every planting bed to bring a uniform appeal throughout your landscape. We understand when you make a choice about an important structure plant, you want to go with high quality.
Our experts take enormous pride in these compact, charming Little Gems. Why not take full advantage of our lavish care and scrupulous attention to detail?
Size up to the biggest container size we have in stock. You'll be thrilled with the health and quality of these plants. Order yours today.
How to Use Little Gem Norway Spruce in the Landscape
Little Gem is a popular plant for conifer collectors and can be grown in containers with great success. Include several in small patio, balcony and urban landscapes. Its slow growth guarantees years of enjoyment with minimal care.
Plant containers using Dr. Earth Acid Lovers Organic and Natural Planting Mix as a great choice. Give exterior containers a location with morning sun and afternoon shade, and water them more frequently.
This small shrub grows into a lovely mound of evergreen foliage that makes other plants shine. Little Gem looks really good in naturalized settings. Accent a Rock Garden with this small stunner. Use as a visual bridge in those often-forgotten spaces between larger conifers and evergreens.
It also fits beautifully in modern formal gardens and Asian landscape designs. Try flanking a pair on either side of your front entrance. Tuck it in the front of your foundation planting, or along the length of your mixed shrub border.
You really can't go wrong with this low maintenance beauty. Enjoy the accolades!
#ProPlantTips for Care
While virtually maintenance free, our Horticulture Team does have some good advice about the Little Gem Norway Spruce.
Plant the Little Gem in well-drained soil. They prefer a slightly acidic soil with a pH of 5.8 to 6. Amend higher pH soils with 40% peat moss to help to adjust the pH. Use the Dr. Earth Acid Lovers Acid Fertilizer regularly to help keep your pH at a favorable level.
In most areas, the plant does well in a full sun location. However, in hotter climates we recommend giving them a location with morning sun and afternoon shade.
Little Gem plants benefit greatly from a mulch of 3 to 4 inches deep spread out 3 feet from the outside of the canopy. This keeps the root system cool and keeps surface moisture levels, even in the hottest part of the year.
Good drainage is key. While the plant is young, water regularly in the first few seasons. Then, back off and increase the time between watering. It's best to keep the soil on the dry side of moist, although in periods of extended drought, be sure to water deeply on occasion.
You'll be forgiven if you take Little Gem Norway Spruce for granted in your landscape. Its rugged good looks, compact size and durability will still shine for you.
But really, it's cute enough to make it a showpiece specimen. Baby it a bit if you'd like and you'll be rewarded for many, many years. Order Little Gem Norway Spruce from Nature Hills today!
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
|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|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|
|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|
|#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|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 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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|Botanical Name||Picea abies 'Little Gem'|
|Mature Height||1 - 2 feet|
|Mature Spread||3 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Soil Type||Well Drained|