Lutz Spruce (Picea x lutzii)

Lutz Spruce

Finally, a reliable source for high-quality Lutz Spruce (Picea x lutzii) trees. Replace critical habitat in swing zones from coastal to dry inland climates.

This natural hybrid of White Spruce and Sitka Spruce is found where the two native ranges of each parent overlap. Lutz has the distinct advantage of health and vigor found in these nothospecies types of plant crosses.

Planting and Application:

Tall, narrow and elegant…Lutz Spruce features pointed, blue-gray needles that are softer than coastal Sitka. The generally symmetrical branches are downturned around a strong central leader.

  • Create an informal woodland planting with Lutz and other evergreen trees and shrubs. Follow the lay of your land, varying the spacing between trees; eliminate straight lines for a natural look.
  • Or, perhaps you prefer to create a more formal look with an evenly spaced, broad upright to oval, large-scale hedge of Lutz Spruce along your property line. We do recommend that you alternate with other tree species to protect your investment with wise biodiverse planting practices.
  • Get ready to answer questions about your exceptional evergreen tree. Just as it did as the first tree to represent Alaska as the 2015 Capitol Christmas tree, Lutz Spruce commands attention.
  • People around the world are excited to discover this useful evergreen selection. It’s proven to be useful and relatively fast-growing in timber reclamation areas from the British Isles, Greenland and some of the coldest zones of Norway.
  • Guitar instrument makers are also excited about this special Spruce tree. They claim Lutz Spruce tonewood delivers richness and that Lutz soundboards stand up to lively and even aggressive playing styles.

Tips for Care:

Plant Lutz Spruce in well-drained soil and full sun for the fastest growth rate. It performs best in at least six hours of sunlight a day.

  • We recommend providing supplemental water in dry weather. Apply a three-inch layer of mulch over the root zone and pull it back away from directly touching the trunk.
  • Give it room to reach the maximum spread listed on the plant highlights. You won’t want to ruin the long lines of this special tree by trimming the lower branches.

Lutz Spruce (Picea x lutzii) Details

Common name Lutz Spruce
Botanical name Picea x lutzii
Plant type Evergreen
Hardiness zone 4-7
Growth rate Slow
Height 50 - 70 ft.
Width 20 - 30 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well drained
Pollinator-friendly No
Pruning time Early Spring