Picea mariana 'Doumetii' / Doumet's black spruce

Picea mariana 'Doumetii' is a widely planted, upright, conical dwarf selection of black spruce with dense uniform branching, and short, gray-green, radially arranged needles. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 4 feet (1.3 m) tall and wide, an annual growth rate of 4 to 6 inches (10 - 15 cm).

This cultivar originated based on a unique plant found in the mid 1850s at at Chateau de Balene, Moulins France. Élie-Abel Carrière first described it in 1855 in Traité général des conifères.

The plant is named in honor of Napoléon Doumet-Adanson (1834 – 1897), a French naturalist. He was a botanist specializing in the flora of Tunisia . He was a founder member of the Société d'horticulture et de botanique de l'Hérault. Doumet was also interested in entomology. He was a Member of the Institut de France.

Picea mariana 'Doumetii' — a grouping of mature plants at at the Chicago Botanic Gardens USA.
Photo by Paul Drobot (www.plantsatogrow.com)
Picea mariana 'Doumetii' — a grouping of mature plants at at the Chicago Botanic Gardens USA.
Photo by Paul Drobot (www.plantsatogrow.com)
Picea mariana 'Doumetii' — a grouping of mature plants at at the Chicago Botanic Gardens USA.
Photo by Paul Drobot (www.plantsatogrow.com)
Picea mariana 'Doumetii' This photo was taken at Bickelhaupt Arboretum located in Clinton, IA in their 'Heartland Collection of Garden Conifers' in March of 2004.
Photo by Dax Herbst
Picea mariana "Doumetii" - Close-up of foliage and young cones An interesting photo that not only shows the color of the young cones but I was fortunate to find several arranged in the flower like pattern.
Photo by Bill Barger

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