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Tom Thumb Oriental Spruce

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A very slow growing evergreen shrub which forms an attractive layered globe with bright golden foliage all year long; very adaptable, an excellent compact choice to create interest in the smaller home landscape

Characteristics

Species:
orientalis
Average Landscape Height:
5 feet
Average Landscape Width:
5 feet
Genus:
Picea
Cultivar:
Tom Thumb
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Evergreen:
1
Plant Form:
layered
Canopy:
closed
Density:
dense
Growth Rate:
slow
Pruning:
only prune new growth
Summer Foliage Color:
gold
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
average
Pollution Tolerance:
medium

Ornamental Features

Tom Thumb Oriental Spruce is a dwarf conifer which is primarily valued in the landscape or garden for its characteristic tiered habit of growth. It has attractive gold evergreen foliage which emerges yellow in spring. The needles are highly ornamental and remain gold throughout the winter.

Landscape Attributes

Tom Thumb Oriental Spruce is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a stunning habit of growth which features almost oriental horizontally-tiered branches. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

Planting & Growing

Tom Thumb Oriental Spruce will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 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 slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 80 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. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

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