Picea engelmannii 'Compacta' / Compact Engelmann Spruce

Picea engelmannii 'Compacta' is an upright, compact dwarf pyramidal selection of Engelmann spruce with short, thin, Blue-gray needles. According to Bob Fincham, this cultivar is a dwarf, conical, Blue form that grows up to 4" (10 cm) per year and is similar in form to Picea pungens 'Montgomery' but with the foliage of engelmannii. After 10 years, a mature specimen will stand 5 feet (1.5 m) tall and 3 feet (90 cm) wide.

The origin of this cultivar is unknown. It is a very old cultivar, likely originating in Europe in the 1920s.

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Picea engelmannii 'Compacta' in Rock Island, Illinois, late May, 2007.
Photo by Dax Herbst
Picea engelmannii 'Compacta' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger
Picea engelmannii 'Compacta' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Bill Barger
Picea engelmannii 'Compacta' — even very attractive as a relatively young plant.
Photo by Bill Barger
Picea engelmannii 'Compacta' — a spectacular mature specimen.
Photo by Bill Barger

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