Colorado blue spruce

Picea pungens ‘Glauca Pendula'

Photo/Illustration: 
Neil Soderstrom
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Colorado blue spruce (Picea pungens ‘Glauca Pendula')
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Genus:  Picea
This spruce has blue foliage and drooping branches. It grows 3 or 4 inches a year, eventually spreading to about 8 feet wide and 4 feet tall, with silvery needles like its parent species.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Slow to grow and develop its characteristic outline. Usually used as a solitary specimen plant, but its crisp, sharp texture could add spark to a perennial border. Use in mass plantings.
Care:  Grow in deep, moist but well-drained, neutral to acidic soil.
Propagation:  Graft in winter.
Problems:  Gall insects, aphids, caterpillars, sawfly, spider mites, lesion nematode, and scale instects. Various wood rots, witches' broom, mistletoe, rust, and needle cast

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
6 ft. to 10 ft.
Growth Pace
Slow Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Characteristics
Showy Foliage
Foliage Color
Evergreen
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Type
Trees

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