Colorado Blue Spruce

Picea pungens 'Glauca'

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06466
This very popular conifer has a handsome pyramidal form with rigid tiered branches densely covered with stiff gray-blue needles. Use as an evergreen windbreak or tall screen, or as a specimen plant in large landscapes.
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Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

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Botanical PronunciationPY-see-a PUN-jenz
LoreA native tree from northern New Mexico through Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming and into Alberta and British Columbia. Picea pungens is the state tree of Colorado and Utah. The variety 'Glauca' is a Latin word that indicates a grayish-blue color and has been given to the silvery-blue forms of the species that are selected for the ornamental nursery trade.
Average Size at MaturityReaches 10-12 ft. tall in 10 years; 40-60 ft. tall, 10-20 ft. wide with age.
Bloom TimeConifer; prized for foliage.
Design IdeasTwice taller than it is wide, this native forest evergreen is best used on large properties. Use it to separate tall multistory buildings or in shelterbelts and windbreaks. Tall enough to screen the view from second- or third-story windows. Gorgeous in estate-sized forests of broadleaf and conifers, where it stands out against deciduous trees and blankets of snow.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Foliage ColorDark Green
Garden StyleCottage, Rustic
Growth HabitPyramidal
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UsePrivacy Screen, Rock Garden, Specimen, Windbreak, Woodland Garden, Wildlife Garden, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Tolerates Poor Soils, Tolerates Wet Soils, Year-round Interest, Bird Friendly, Tolerates Road Salt
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsNeeds regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsSpirea (Spiraea); Butterfly Bush (Buddleja); Weigela (Weigela); Blanket Flower (Gaillardia); Stonecrop (Sedum)

Thrives in a wide range of soil types; prefers neutral to acidic soils. 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 Plant's Growing Zones: 2-8

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