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Picea pungens var. glauca (Colorado Blue Spruce)

Colorado Blue Spruce, Picea pungens f. glauca, Picea pungens 'Glauca'

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Picea pungens var. glauca, Colorado Blue Spruce, Picea pungens f. glauca, Picea pungens 'Glauca', Evergreen Conifer, Evergreen Shrub, Blue Conifer,

Architectural, Picea pungens var. glauca (Colorado Blue Spruce) is a dense and bushy, evergreen conifer of elegant pyramidal habit with stiff horizontal branches covered with prickly, slightly curved, bright silvery blue needles. The erect seed cones, borne at the branch tips, are green, becoming brown and pendulous with age. Slow-growing, this striking Colorado Blue Spruce light up the garden throughout the year and stands out in the landscape. Perfect as a focal point in a sunny border where its silvery-blue foliage will make a pleasing contrast with the other plants. It also makes an excellent windbreak. Give it plenty of room to grow!

  • Grows up to 30-60 ft. high (9-18 m) and 10-20 ft. wide (3-6 m).
  • Performs best in full sun in any deep, moist but well-drained, ideally neutral to acid soil. Tolerant of dry sites, wind and air pollution. Generally prefers cool climates and will struggle in hot and humid climate areas.
  • Perfect as a distinctive specimen plant in the sunny border.
  • Keep an eye out for adelgids, conifer aphids and honey fungus. Easy to grow and easy to care for.
  • No pruning required.
  • Propagate by grafting or hardwood cuttings.
  • Picea pungens species is native to the central and southern Rocky Mountains. Its range extends from scattered populations in eastern Idaho and western Wyoming to better developed populations in Utah and Colorado. The range of blue spruce continues southward into Arizona and New Mexico

Requirements

Hardiness 2 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, A2, A3
Plant Type Conifers, Trees
Plant Family Pinaceae
Genus Picea
Common names Blue Spruce, Colorado Spruce
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 30' - 60'
(9.1m - 18.3m)
Spread 10' - 20'
(3m - 6.1m)
Spacing 240" - 600"
(6.1m - 15.2m)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Maine, Massachusetts, Southwest, Rocky Mountains, Pacific Northwest, Northeast, Idaho, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah
Tolerance Dry Soil
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage
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Picea pungens (Colorado Blue Spruce)
Picea abies (Norway Spruce)
Picea rubens (Red Spruce)
Picea mariana ‘Nana’ (Black Spruce)
Picea engelmannii (Engelmann Spruce)
Picea mariana (Black Spruce)

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 2 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, A2, A3
Plant Type Conifers, Trees
Plant Family Pinaceae
Genus Picea
Common names Blue Spruce, Colorado Spruce
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 30' - 60'
(9.1m - 18.3m)
Spread 10' - 20'
(3m - 6.1m)
Spacing 240" - 600"
(6.1m - 15.2m)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Native Plants United States, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Maine, Massachusetts, Southwest, Rocky Mountains, Pacific Northwest, Northeast, Idaho, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah
Tolerance Dry Soil
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage
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