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Mature Papoose in the landscape.

Mature Papoose in the landscape.

Picea sitchensis 'Papoose'

Papoose Sitka Colorado Blue Spruce

Categories: Evergreen

More About Picea sitchensis 'Papoose'

  • Slow grower at only 2" per year.
  • Dense globe habit when young, maturing to a broad conical shape.
  • Cylindrical green cones turn to a pale brown.
  • Can tolerate coastal conditions.
  • Will not tolerate extreme heat.

Interesting Notes:

Slow grower, showing only about 2" per year.  Foliage color and texture are key elements with new growth being soft to the touch and a beautiful blue-green.  Over time it will develop a leader, producing a short dome shape.  Provides great contrast with perennials, makes a nice groundcover for wildlife.  Excellent for a rock garden, small entry ways, containers, or as a specimen.  Discovered as a seedling growing in the forests of Vancouver Island, Brittish Columbia.


4-6 ft


4-6 ft

Hardiness Zone:


Picea sitchensis 'Papoose' Characteristics


  • Evergreen
  • Border or Bed


  • Full Sun to Partial Shade

Foliage Color

  • Blue/green


  • Globose

Soil Moisture

  • Moist, Well-Drained