Picea sitchensis'Papoose' is a dense, multi-stemmed dwarf selection of Sitka spruce which will achieve a mature height of 4 to 6 feet (2.5 - 3 m) in ten years, growing as a tight globe, but with age may develop a leader and assume a more broadly conical shape. Growth is only 2 to 3 inches (5 - 7.5 cm) a year. Its silver-highlighted needles are stiff and sharp. Like all Sitkas, it longs for the sea and does not do well more than 50 miles inland from the moderating salt air.
This cultivar originated on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, growing in the wild and found by Gordon Bentham in 1964. He later gave the plant to the Parks Department of the British Columbia's capital city of Victoria. It was later introduced to the nursery trade via William Goddard, Floravista Nursery, Victory. This cultivar is sometimes seen listed in the nursery trade as 'Trinket.'
Photographed at the Albers Alta Vista Garden in Bremerton, WA, 2013 during the ACS Western Region meeting.
Photo by Sean Callahan
Picea sitchensis 'Papoose' at the ACS Conifer Reference Garden, Oregon, Garden, Silverton.
Photo by Oregon State University