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Colorado blue spruce

Picea pungens ‘Glauca Pendula'

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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 CharacteristicsSlow 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.

CareGrow in deep, moist but well-drained, neutral to acidic soil.

PropagationGraft in winter.

ProblemsGall insects, aphids, caterpillars, sawfly, spider mites, lesion nematode, and scale instects. Various wood rots, witches' broom, mistletoe, rust, and needle cast

  • Genus : Picea
  • Zones : 3, 4
  • Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
  • Plant Width : 6 to 10 feet
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Growth Rate : Slow
  • Plant Type : Trees
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