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Picea pungens 'The Blues'

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The Blues Colorado Blue Spruce (Picea pungens 'The Blues') at Snavely's Garden Corner

The Blues Colorado Blue Spruce foliage

The Blues Colorado Blue Spruce foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

The Blues Colorado Blue Spruce (Picea pungens 'The Blues') at Snavely's Garden Corner

The Blues Colorado Blue Spruce

The Blues Colorado Blue Spruce

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  12 feet

Spread:  7 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Other Names:  Blue Colorado Spruce;Colorado Blue Spruce

Description:

A stately upright conical shaped evergreen accent tree, this dwarf variety will reach 6 ft in 10 years; a sought after tree, with bright blue fine needles, it makes a stunning visual impact on the landscape; very hardy and adaptable

Ornamental Features

The Blues Colorado Blue Spruce has attractive steel blue foliage which emerges silvery blue in spring. The needles are highly ornamental and remain steel blue 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

The Blues Colorado Blue Spruce is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. 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 shrub. 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.

The Blues Colorado Blue Spruce is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Vertical Accent
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

The Blues Colorado Blue Spruce will grow to be about 12 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 7 feet. It has a low canopy, 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 shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. 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  Screening  Garden 
Applications
Foliage Color  Plant Form  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features

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