Moerheim Blue Spruce

Picea pungens 'Moerheim'

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.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

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Botanical PronunciationPY-see-a PUN-jenz
LoreThe 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.
Average Size at MaturityFast growing to 30 to 50 ft. high, 10 to 20 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeConifer; 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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Foliage ColorPurple
Growth HabitConical
Growth RateFast
Landscape UsePrivacy Screen, Windbreak, Woodland Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Extreme Cold Hardiness, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Acidic Soil, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsNeeds regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsBeech (Fagus); Flowering Dogwood (Cornus); Ninebark (Physocarpus); Maiden Grass (Miscanthus); Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia); Salvia (Salvia)

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 2-8

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