The sugar loaf spruce - versatile coniferous wood
The sugar loaf spruce (lat. Picea glauca conica) is the cultivated form of the North American white spruce. It got its melodious name because of its uniform conical shape. It can reach a maximum height of three to four metres and a width of about one to two metres. However, the sugar loaf spruce only grows slowly (approx. 10-15 cm/year), so it takes a long time for it to reach this size. The evergreen garden ornamental has green to bluish-green, soft needles. In spring, when the new needles sprout, they shine brightly bright green.
The sugar loaf spruce is particularly happy in sunny or semi-shady locations. It makes few demands on the soil - normal, well-drained garden soil is sufficient. However, Picea glauca conica does not tolerate prolonged drought or waterlogging.
Ideal for small gardens or as a patio plant
The relatively small size and slow growth make the sugar loaf spruce an ideal choice if you only have a small garden. Due to its interesting conical shape, it comes into its own very well in stone or heather gardens, for example. But even if you don't have a garden at all, you don't have to do without the shapely coniferous wood: The sugar loaf spruce in a pot is a good alternative on the terrace or balcony. Picea glauca conica is still popular as a low-maintenance grave planting.
Direct company undesirable
To enjoy the sugar loaf spruce for a long time, it is important to bear one thing in mind: This conifer does not tolerate direct neighbours. If it comes into contact with another plant or obstacles such as walls, this can lead to the loss of needles in the affected area. It is therefore best to plant them solitarily or, when arranging them in groups, to ensure that the plants are sufficiently spaced apart.
Ideally suited as Christmas decoration
The sugar loaf spruce is particularly popular at Christmas time. If you have a specimen in the garden or on the terrace, it can be festively decorated. Or you can bring a compact Christmas tree into your home with a sugar loaf spruce in a pot. In the new year, the tree can either be planted in the garden or moved outside with its pot.
Buy sugar loaf spruce
Picea glauca conica is not a plant grown in a pot, but a plant supplied as a root ball in a pot.
If you would like to buy this spruce, please note that the root ball is only available from October to around March.