You don’t have to have a big space to grow the staple of landscaping.  We call them a staple because they give year-round structure and color, plus are generally maintenance free. Another reason to love them, great reliable shelter for the birds.  Now, don’t be fooled by the word ‘dwarf’, often these are just slow growers.  They are usually classified based on the growth rate and size at 10 years.  Realize that  they will eventually get larger in 20-30 years.

However, there are a few real dwarf conifers for US Zone 2-4.   They like full sun but some will tolerate poor soil conditions.  Picea abies ‘Perry’s Gold’, is a  dense small dwarf conifer with an upright, conical habit.  Picea abies ‘Little Gem’ Bird’s Nest Spruce, is a dwarf that mounds to around eighteen inches high in ten years, either rounded, flat-topped, or convexed.  Two other dwarf choices: Echiniformis and Clasbrassiliana.

Sawara cypress is hardy in US Zone 4. It has dwarf varieties of many different shapes and sizes, including many different shades of green, blue, yellow, and variegated.

Picea pungens ‘Glauca Globosa’, a dwarf Colorado Blue Spruce that requires full sun, is slow growing and tolerates -35 degrees!  That’s our kind of Conifer!

There are many dwarf conifers to choose from…remember, choose the right tree for the right spot so you don’t have to prune or move…or destroy when it become tooooooo big for it’s britches.  Happy Conifers, from Gentle Gardens.


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