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Picea pungens Super Blue

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Colorado Blue Spruce

Stunning silver/blue foliage

A superb form of blue spruce of compact, Christmas-tree like habit with regular, closely-spaced branches. Conical in habit at an early age it will eventually grow to 3m (10ft) or more with a spread of 1.5m (5ft). The bristling needles are intense silver-blue giving the whole plant an iridescent metallic quality. A fabulous focal point in the garden and a total contrast to the foliage colour of other plants.

Where?

Plant in full sun as a specimen in beds or borders, on a large rock garden or as a stand-alone specimen in a lawn.

How?

Well drained, fertile, reasonably moist soil, preferably neutral to acid. Good on acidic loam or clay with rhododendrons. Avoid pruning as this will spoil the shape.

Plant details


In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Conifer
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available January - December
Season of interest Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Flowering April - May
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 250 cm - 300 cm
Plant width 100 cm - 150 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 200 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H7

Will perform best in these conditions

Property Value
Soil type Loam, Clay, Sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, Rock garden, City garden, Courtyard garden

Typically available

From January to December