Blue Softie Engelmann Spruce

Picea engelmannii 'Blue Softie'

Pyramid-shaped evergreen shrub is a dwarf and densely branched. Bright blue-green needles hold their color all year but are brighter in summer. Small stature creates a unique accent for that special spot. Superior pest tolerance to spruce spider mites compared to other species of Picea.
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Botanical PronunciationPY-see-a en-gel-MAH-nee-eye
Average Size at MaturitySlowly reaches 3 ft. tall and 2 ft. wide in 10 years; to 10 ft. tall with age.
Bloom TimeConifer; prized for foliage.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Foliage ColorBlue-green
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary
Growth HabitPyramidal
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseContainer, Specimen, Woodland Garden, Wildlife Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Dwarf Plant, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsDwarf Ninebark (Physocarpus); Weigela (Weigela); Rose (Rosa); Spirea (Spiraea); Switch Grass (Panicum)

Well adapted to the moist, acidic sites west of the Cascades Mountain range. Will do poorly on very dry soils. Water regularly during first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Requires less water when established.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 2-8

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