A compact, evergreen tree that maintains a symmetrical narrow, conical form holding stiff horizontal branches with dense silvery-blue needles. New growth is bright blue.
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.
This is a smaller version of the more majestic Blue Spruce that will fit into a suburban yard or even a larger city setting. Use as a cool blue background for green plants or as a single specimen for Christmas decorating. Beautiful under snowfall. Dense and rugged enough to make a small-scale windbreak for homes. Dense and rugged enough to make a small-scale windbreak or shelterbelt for homes or line a driveway with their bright blue forms.
Plant Moerheim with your favorite white flowering trees such as white Mount Fuji Japanese Flowering Cherry, (Prunus serrulata 'Mount Fjui') or Royal Star Magnolia, (Magnolia stellata 'Royal Star'). For fall accents try Purple Rain Weeping Birch, (Betula pendula 'Monle') or year around contrast from Tricolor European Beech, (Fagus sylvatica 'Tricolor'). Lovely with the deeper green of Majestic Beauty Japanese Black Pine, (Pinus thunbergiana 'Monina').
This is one of the earliest dwarf cultivars introduced in 1912, its parent a stately forest tree is native to the Rocky Mountains from Wyoming to New Mexico. It was improperly classified as Picea Parryana by Charles Sprague Sargent, 1841-1947, the famous horticulturist and first director of the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University. Its introduction in 1862 is credited by George Engelmann, 1809-1884, a botanist from Missouri who is noted in the references for other forest trees of the American west. This blue subspecies, P. p. 'Glauca' was introduced by Eduard von Regel, 1815-1892, who founded Gartenflora, and well known in Germany and Russia.
The genus was named from the Latin for pitch, a sugar rich gum extracted from spruce trees. It was brewed into beer and even used as chewing gum by Native Americans, then settlers and was a valuable commodity in ancient Europe.