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Doumet Black Spruce*

Picea mariana 'Doumettii'

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Doumet Black Spruce (Picea mariana 'Doumettii') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Doumet Black Spruce flowers

Doumet Black Spruce flowers

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  12 feet

Spread:  10 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3

Description:

An attractive densely-packed and compact form of the black spruce with small steel blue needles with gold overtones and upturned branchlets, making it ideal for use in a garden composition, especially in a miniaturized setting

Ornamental Features

Doumet Black Spruce has attractive bluish-green foliage which emerges silvery blue in spring. The tiny needles are highly ornamental and remain bluish-green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Doumet Black Spruce is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub. 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.

Doumet Black Spruce is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Vertical Accent
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Doumet Black Spruce will grow to be about 12 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 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 does best in full sun to partial shade. It is quite adaptable, prefering to grow in average to wet conditions, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Articulation  Garden 
Applications
Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features