Availability of dwarf serbian spruce in Chicago area - Knowledgebase Question

Park Ridge, IL
Question by gdfoley
June 10, 2006
I am writing this email on behalf of my mother who resides in a northwest Chicago suburb. She is interested in a low lying shrub that requires little to no maintenance to keep less than 3-4 ft. high as it will be planed under a front window. She has looked around the area nurseries and discovered the


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Answer from NGA
June 10, 2006

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Picea omorika 'Nana' is a dwarf Serbian Spruce; an evergreen shrub which becomes a low globe-like mound. Glossy blue-green needles have prominent white bands on the undersides. It's a slow grower to 7 to 9 feet high and as wide. It's hardy to -50?'s and grows best in full sun. I think it will become much larger than you want. You might be happier with NEST SPRUCE (Picea abies 'Nidiformis'). This versatile, dwarf form is an excellent evergreen for border or accent. Tight, many layered branches create nest-like compact form, requires little maintenance. Very hardy and wind resistant. Full sun. Slow grower to 3 to 5 feet tall, 4 to 6 feet wide.

This is such a popular plant in the Chicago area that your mother should have no problem obtaining them from one of the following retailers:
GETHSEMANE GARDEN CENTER
5739 N. CLARK ST.
CHICAGO, IL 60660
(773) 878-5915

GRAND STREET GARDENS
2200 W. GRAND AVE.
CHICAGO, IL 60612
(312) 829-8200

CLOVER'S GARDEN CENTER LLC
6190 S. ARCHER AVE.
CHICAGO, IL 60638
(708) 774-2131


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