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Maxwell's Norway Spruce Picea abies 'Maxwellii'

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PY-see--uh A-bees
Description

The form or habit is a low growing, flat-topped irregular globe outlined with short stout branches.  Its mature width is substantially wider than its height.  A notable feature of 'Maxwellii' is its tendency to produce many short thick shoots with exceptionally thick needles and dense clusters of buds.

It dislikes summer heat and prefers cool summer climates. 

Established plants have some drought tolerance.

There are no serious problems. Canker, wood decay, needle cast, and rust may happen.  Aphids, bagworms, and borers may damage the plant.

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Tags:
#evergreen#conifer#winter interest#dwarf#air pollution tolerant#showy fruits#deer resistant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#conifer#winter interest#dwarf#air pollution tolerant#showy fruits#deer resistant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Picea
    Species:
    abies
    Family:
    Pinaceae
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Europe
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 8 ft. 0 in. - 10 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Mounding
    Pyramidal
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    12-24 feet
    NC Region:
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Green
    Purple/Lavender
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Fruit Length:
    > 3 inches
    Fruit Description:
    Large pendulous cones, purple-violet to green when young, mature to a light brown.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Description:
    Non-flowering
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Green
    Orange
    Leaf Type:
    Needles
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Whorled
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Rigid, rounded, slightly curved needles
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Orange
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Primary branches slightly upturned, secondary branches become pendulous with maturity.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Lawn
    Naturalized Area
    Patio
    Walkways
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Rock Garden
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Hedge
    Specimen
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Dry Soil