white spruce

Picea glauca | Also known as: Canadian spruce, skunk spruce Picea glauca var. 'Conica' | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

The picea glauca's bluish-grey colouring is what caused it to be named… white spruce. Is there something I'm missing?

Picea glauca or white spruce is a species of magnificent evergreen trees that make a beautiful addition to an outdoor space. With its slender cones and needle-like leaves, white spruce is certainly an eye-catching species and an excellent option for introducing enticing texture and impressive height to your garden design. The leaves are glaucous and it is this attractive bluish-grey colouring which led to the species name. Though it can grow in light shade, white spruce thrives in full sunlight and appreciates moist soil with good drainage. This species is a fantastic choice for natural screens and can easily serve as a superb standalone feature in your garden design.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 50
Spread [m]
  • 3 - 6
Dominant flower colour
  • Inconspicuous or absent
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Foliage in spring
  • Blue-green
Foliage in summer
  • Blue-green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Blue-green
Foliage in winter
  • Blue-green
Propagation methods
  • semi-ripe cuttings
  • grafting
  • seed
Growth habit
  • Conical
  • Dense
  • Rounded
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
Hardiness zone
  • Z2-6
Heat zone
  • H8-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -46 - -18
Heat days
  • 0 - 120
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Trees & shrubs
  • Conifers
Grown for
  • Ornamental Foliage
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Show-offs
  • Bonsai
  • For every season
  • Tough survivors
Garden type
  • Park
  • City
Garden spaces
  • Specimen
  • Architectural
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 30 years or longer
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