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Picea pungens 'Blue Totem'

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Blue Totem Spruce (Picea pungens 'Blue Totem') at Snavely's Garden Corner

Blue Totem Spruce foliage

Blue Totem Spruce foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  15 feet

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  2b

Other Names:  Blue Colorado Spruce;Colorado Blue Spruce

Description:

An unmistakable tree for sure, featuring bright blue-green needles on a narrowly upright and columnar form, branches forking upwards at a sharp angle; best used as an accent, for adding dynamic interest to smaller home landscapes

Ornamental Features

Blue Totem Spruce has attractive bluish-green foliage which emerges blue in spring. The needles are highly ornamental and remain bluish-green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The rough gray bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Blue Totem Spruce is a dense evergreen tree with a strong central leader and a narrowly upright and columnar growth habit. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree. When pruning is necessary, it is recommended to only trim back the new growth of the current season, other than to remove any dieback. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Blue Totem Spruce is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Vertical Accent

Planting & Growing

Blue Totem Spruce will grow to be about 15 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 80 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for xeriscaping or the moisture-conserving landscape. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selection of a native North American species.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Articulation 
Applications
Foliage Color  Plant Form  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features

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