• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Fast growing to 30 to 50 ft. high, 10 to 20 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Extremely Hardy
    Conifer; prized for foliage.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:PY-see-a PUN-jenz
    Plant type:Conifer
    Sunset climate zones:1 - 10, 14 - 17
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Fast growing to 30 to 50 ft. high, 10 to 20 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Purple
    Blooms:Conifer; prized for foliage.
    Design IdeasThis 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.
    Companion PlantsBeech (Fagus); Flowering Dogwood (Cornus); Ninebark (Physocarpus); Maiden Grass (Miscanthus); Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia); Salvia (Salvia)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. May be watered deeply, less frequently, once established. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    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.