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PICEA pungens 'Sester Dwarf'

Image of Picea pungens 'Sester Dwarf'

Mark A. Miller

Family

Pinaceae

Botanical Name

PICEA pungens 'Sester Dwarf'

Plant Common Name

Blue Spruce, Sester Dwarf Blue Spruce

Special Notice

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General Description

Image the most perfectly shaped, beautifully blue-needled blue spruce tree and then shrink its size down: now you have the Sester Dwarf cultivar. Blue spruce is native to the southern Rocky Mountains in the western United States. This dwarf cultivar originated as a chance seedling at Sester Farms in Gresham, Oregon. The pungent needles, are ghostly pale blue to gray-blue-green. These stiff needles, when grasped, result in a sharp prickling.

'Sester Dwarf' is best grown in full sun and an acidic, moist, well-drained soil. It can withstand many stresses, including drought, pollution, salt and wind. It is a rather slow-growing spruce but is not a particularly good choice to grow in hot, humid summer climates. Use it as a lone specimen in a lawn or garden bed with low-growing companion perennials or shrubs. A mature Sester Dwarf blue spruce is magnificent but small enough to remain in properly scale in the average to small residential garden.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    2 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17

  • Plant Type

    Needled or Scaled Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    12'-18' / 3.7m - 5.5m

  • Width

    6'-10' / 1.8m - 3.0m

  • Native To

    Western United States

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Pyramidal

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Blue Green, Steel Blue

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Blue Green, Steel Blue

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Blue Green, Steel Blue

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Gray Green, Steel Blue, Gray

  • Bark Color

    Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Fissured

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Screening / Wind Break

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No