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Maxwell's Spruce

Picea abies 'Maxwellii'

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Maxwell's Spruce (Picea abies 'Maxwellii') at Cole's Florist & Garden Centre

Maxwell's Spruce

Maxwell's Spruce

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Height:  3 feet

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  2a

Other Names:  Norwegian Spruce

Description:

An interesting, low growing dwarf evergreen with a compact, flattened globe habit, short stiff branches, and half inch blue-green needles; great as a border, foundation, a low hedge, or even in a rock garden

Ornamental Features

Maxwell's Spruce has bluish-green foliage. The needles remain bluish-green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Maxwell's Spruce is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a more or less rounded form. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which should be used to full effect.

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. 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.

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

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Maxwell's Spruce will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. 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 does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. 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 is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

 
 
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Characteristics
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Texture  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features