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Picea abies 'Wagneri'
(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)
Height: 18 inches
Spread: 18 inches
Hardiness Zone: 3a
Other Names: Norwegian Spruce
This may possibly be the smallest, roundest and slowest-growing dwarf spruce you can find, forming a tightly perfect ball for years and years; a choice evergreen for the rock garden collection
Wagner Spruce has dark green foliage which emerges light green in spring. The needles remain dark green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.
Wagner 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.
Wagner Spruce is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Wagner Spruce will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. 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 40 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.