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Picea abies 'Little Gem' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Conifer or Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H7 (very hardy)

Colour

Foliage

Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

20-50 years


Preferred common name

Norway spruce 'Little Gem'

Family

Pinaceae


Picea are evergreen trees with rigid, needle-like leaves arranged singly all round the shoots, and narrow, leathery-scaled cones borne near the ends of the shoots

'Little Gem' is a very slow-growing evergreen conifer forming a squat, globose bun with short, dense, dark green needle-like leaves, the new growth in spring brighter green

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in moist but well-drained acidic soil. Shelter from cold drying winds

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid or Neutral
  • Sand, Clay or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by grafting or semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Gravel Garden, Rock Garden, Low Maintenance or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be attacked by adelgids, aphids and conifer red spider mite

Diseases

Generally disease free