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Crystal Blue Spruce

Picea pungens 'Crystal Blue'

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Crystal Blue Spruce (Picea pungens 'Crystal Blue') at Ron Paul Garden Centre

Crystal Blue Spruce foliage

Crystal Blue Spruce foliage

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Height:  25 feet

Spread:  10 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  2

Other Names:  Blue Colorado Spruce;Colorado Blue Spruce

Description:

A beautifully formed spire-shaped evergreen accent tree with large stout branches and true blue needles, very showy and colorful, an ideal size for home landscape use; extremely hardy and rugged

Ornamental Features

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

Crystal Blue Spruce is a dense evergreen tree with a strong central leader and 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 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.

Crystal Blue Spruce is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Vertical Accent

Planting & Growing

Crystal Blue Spruce will grow to be about 25 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 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 tree 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.

 
 
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Characteristics
Accent  Articulation 
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Foliage Color  Plant Form  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features