18 in. to 24 in.
3 ft. to 4 ft.
species in native to central and southern Rocky Mountains
sun, part shade
USDA zones 2-7
hardy to 10,000 ft.
Mrs. Cesarini spruce is a dwarf evergreen grown for its small size and bright green color. Its dense branches create a flattened, bun-like shape. It's green color makes a good contrast to other blue dwarf spruces. Can also be a good alternative to birds nest spruce.
There is one Mrs. Cesarini spruce growing at the Xeriscape Demonstration. It has been moderately successful, suffering some branch dieback during dry periods.
No maintenance required under normal conditions. Needs regular soil moisture to become established. New growth and young plants are susceptible to deer browsing.