Little Gem Norway Spruce
Picea abies 'Little Gem'
|Description||Rich green needles form a dense, naturally flat-topped globe. This small, slow-growing evergreen requires practically no maintenance. A stunning accent for landscape and rock gardens, or planted as low filler between larger conifers in borders.|
|Light||Full sun, Partial sun|
|Watering||Water when top 2 inches of soil is dry.|
|Blooms||Conifer; prized for foliage.|
|Mature Size||Very slow growing and compact; reaches 18 in. tall and wide.|
|Landscape Use||Border, Container, Hedge, Suitable for Topiary|
|Design Ideas||This is a lovely little mound of foliage that's perfect for beds and borders featuring mixed conifers and low-growing shrubs. May be used in a naturalistic setting in rock or wild gardens. Exploit its neat rounded shape in a controlled formal garden. Plant as a specimen or in spaced groups. May also be used to line edges of pavement or garden pathways. Makes a good support plant for sheared topiary specimens.|
|Companion Plants||Butterfly Bush (Buddleja); Weigela (Weigela); Coneflower (Echinacea); Dwarf Ninebark (Physocarpus); Stonecrop (Sedum)|
|Care||Prefers slightly acidic, well-drained soils, but adaptable to most soil types; avoid wet, shady sites. Water deeply, regularly in first few growing seasons to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates mild drought. Fertilize before new growth begins in spring.|
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