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Sharpleaf Dwarf Norway Spruce

Picea abies 'Mucronata'

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Sharpleaf Dwarf Norway Spruce (Picea abies 'Mucronata') at Gardener's Supply Company

Sharpleaf Dwarf Norway Spruce

Sharpleaf Dwarf Norway Spruce

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Sharpleaf Dwarf Norway Spruce (Picea abies 'Mucronata') at Gardener's Supply Company

Sharpleaf Dwarf Norway Spruce foliage

Sharpleaf Dwarf Norway Spruce foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  5 feet

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Other Names:  Norwegian Spruce


A grand yet compact cultivar, this irregularly mounded spruce produces thick stiff shoots with dark green needles emerging from large brown buds; rate of growth accelerates with maturity; excellent as an accent in a larger border planting

Ornamental Features

Sharpleaf Dwarf Norway Spruce has forest green foliage. The needles remain forest green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Sharpleaf Dwarf Norway Spruce is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a mounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

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.

Sharpleaf Dwarf Norway Spruce is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Sharpleaf Dwarf Norway 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 50 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.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Garden 
Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features