Picea pungens 'Sester Dwarf' / Sester Dwarf Colorado Spruce

Picea pungens 'Sester Dwarf' is compact, dwarf pyramidal selection of Colorado spruce with stunning Blue-gray needles, slow growth rate, and classical conical form, making it an ideal choice for the modern landscape. With one-fourth the growth rate of its large-sized parent, this selection is the perfect diminutive form of a Colorado Spruce. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 3 feet (1 m) tall and 2 feet (60 cm) wide, a growth rate of 3 to 4 inches (7.5 - 10 cm) per year. 'Sester Dwarf' is low maintenance, not requiring pruning to keep its tidy shape. It will look its best if grown in full sun.

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected by Sester Farms Nursery, Gresham, Oregon.


Attribution from: Iseli Nursery, Inc. online catalog

Picea pungens 'Sester Dwarf' at Bickelhaupt Arboretum, Clinton, Iowa, in their 'Heartland Collection of Garden Conifers.'
Photo by Dax Herbst
Picea pungens 'Sester Dwarf' in a private garden in Kansas.
Photo by David Stegmaier


David Olszyk

Absolutely! Like most Colorado spruce, 'Sester Dwarf' will always look best and be happiest in full sun.

Frank Chiachiere

Thank you, David Olszyk. Planted today and it is wonderful.

Sara Malone

I have two in terra cotta pots on stone terrace in full sun. They get ample water and have never burned, always look good!