Pusch Dwarf Norway Spruce

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Pusch Dwarf Norway Spruce

Picea abies ‘Pusch’

Description & Overview

Pusch Dwarf Norway Spruce is a small, unique, slow growing conifer that works as a creative accent addition to rock, Zen and contemporary gardens. It introduces year-round interest to the landscape or garden with its dense needles and precious purple cones.

Core Characteristics

Mature Height: 2 ft
Mature Spread: 3 ft
Growth Rate: Very Slow
Growth Form: Globe, upright then spreading
Light Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Site Requirements: Moist, well-drained, slightly acidic.
Flower: N/A
Bloom Period: Cones develop later in the season
Foliage: Bright-green, irregular shaped.
Fall Color: Evergreen
Fruit Notes: Cones release seeds throughout winter and spring

Suggested Uses:

Pusch Norway Spruce is a very low maintenance conifer for dry to moist sites. This site needs to have at least 4 or more hours of direct sunlight. It acts as small statement plant to conifer gardens or a perennial flower bed. The neat purple cones create appeal for visitors to look at while they walk your garden.

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Wildlife Value:

This spruce serves mainly as a nesting area for birds. While the overall benefits to wildlife are slim, the shelter and shade provided by the dense plant will be home to many species over the course of the season.

Maintenance Tips:

The care of Pusch Dwarf Norway Spruce is simple. Consistent moisture and good drainage are essential to success of this plant. Direct sunlight will ensure that the spot is correct for this species.


Pusch Dwarf Norway Spruce has few pest problems. Fungus may arise from moisture between the dense needles, which may attract other pests or diseases. Avoid potential problems by watering at the base of the plant instead of through the foliage.

Leaf Lore:

Pusch Dwarf Norway Spruce originated as a witch’s broom of a Norway Spruce. A witch’s broom is a deformity in a plant, usually a tree, when a dense outgrowth shoots from one spot.

Companion Plants:

There are many options that could be used as companion plants with the Pusch Dwarf Norway Spruce. For instance, pairing with lower evergreens such as an Everlow Yew or Euonymous creates a nice foreground. Larger evergreens like Arborvitae and Junipers create an attractive background.

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