Picea sitchensis 'Sugarloaf' is an upright, broadly pyramidal selection of Sitka spruce with dense branching that grows with a slight twist, and species-typical silvery blue, prickly foliage. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 2.5 feet (75 cm) tall and 18 inches (45 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of 2 to 3 inches (5 - 7.5 cm).
This cultivar was found in the wild, on Sugarloaf Mountain, near Anacortes, Washington, in the late 1980s, by Bill Jannsen of Collectors Nursery, Battle Ground, Washington, USA. Collectors Nursery and Buchholz Nursery are both credited with introducing this conifer to the nursery trade in 1992.
Picea sitchensis 'Sugarloaf' in the conifer collection at Oregon Garden, Silverton, OR; an ACS Reference Garden.
Photo by David Olszyk