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Tom Thumb Oriental Spruce

Picea orientalis 'Tom Thumb'

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Tom Thumb Oriental Spruce (Picea orientalis 'Tom Thumb') at Snavely's Garden Corner

Tom Thumb Oriental Spruce

Tom Thumb Oriental Spruce

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Tom Thumb Oriental Spruce (Picea orientalis 'Tom Thumb') at Snavely's Garden Corner

Tom Thumb Oriental Spruce foliage

Tom Thumb Oriental Spruce foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  5 feet

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  5a

Description:

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

Ornamental Features

Tom Thumb Oriental Spruce has attractive gold foliage which emerges yellow in spring. The needles are highly ornamental and remain gold throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

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.

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. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Tom Thumb Oriental Spruce is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

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.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden 
Applications
Foliage Color  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features

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