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Picea wilsonii

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Wilson's Spruce (Picea wilsonii) at Alsip Home and Nursery

Wilson's Spruce

Wilson's Spruce

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

Height:  60 feet

Spread:  15 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Description:

This stately and beautiful tree is considered a relatively small spruce; silvery new shoots emerge to become bright green needles; young plants may be injured by spring frosts; has a slow growth rate and may become quite narrow with age

Ornamental Features

Wilson's Spruce has attractive green foliage which emerges silver in spring. The needles are highly ornamental and remain green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Wilson's Spruce is a dense evergreen tree with a strong central leader and a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree. When pruning is necessary, it is recommended to only trim back the new growth of the current season, other than to remove any dieback. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Wilson's Spruce is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Vertical Accent

Planting & Growing

Wilson's Spruce will grow to be about 60 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It has a low canopy, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for xeriscaping or the moisture-conserving landscape. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is native to parts of North America.

 

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

 
 
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Accent  Articulation 
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Foliage Color  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features