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Howell’s Dwarf Tigertail Spruce

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Howell’s Dwarf Tigertail Spruce (Picea bicolor ‘Howell’s Dwarf Tigertail’) This mounded dwarf spruce has unique green foliage with silver blue undersides. It’s violet purple cones are breathtaking and make it an outstanding focal point.

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
6 feet
Average Landscape Width:
6 feet
Growth Rate:
slow
Genus:
Picea
Species:
bicolor
Cultivar:
Howell's Dwarf Tigertail
Summer Foliage Color:
blue
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
pyramidal
Canopy:
closed
Pruning:
only prune new growth
Pollution Tolerance:
high
Other Species Names:
Picea alcoquiana
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Evergreen:
1
Density:
dense

Ornamental Features

Howell's Dwarf Tigertail Spruce is primarily grown for its highly ornamental fruit. The purple fruits are held in abundance in spectacular cones in mid spring. It has attractive green foliage with silvery blue undersides. The needles are highly ornamental and remain green throughout the winter.

Landscape Attributes

Howell's Dwarf Tigertail Spruce is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

Planting & Growing

Howell's Dwarf Tigertail Spruce will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. 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. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

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