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Picea pungens 'Glauca Globosa'

  • Common Name
    Dwarf Colorado Blue Spruce
  • CA Native
    Non-native
  • Plant Type
    Shrub
  • Size
    3' x 2'
  • Flower Color
    Insignificant
  • Bloom Time
    N / A
  • Leaves
    Light Blue Needles
  • Evergreen
    Evergreen
  • Deer Resistant
    Rarely Damaged
  • Wildlife Value
    N / A
  • Growth Rate
    Slow
  • Hardiness
    Hardy
  • Adverse Growth Factors
    None
  • Special Features
    • Low Maintenance
    • Specimen
  • Water Use
    • Low
  • Soil pH
    5.5-6.4 (acid)
  • Exposure
    • Full Sun
    • Partial Shade
    • Shade
  • Soil Type
    Not Particular
  • Drainage
    Good Drainage
  • Description and Cultural Plant Tips

    This is a dwarf blue  spruce that grows no more then 2 - 3 inches a year. It has a rounded shape and needs little pruning. It can be used as focal point in a shrub border, rock garden  or as a low hedge.

    Plant slightly above soil grade in well-drained, slightly acidic soil. Mulch top of soil in a 2 -3 foot diameter circle. Water regularly until established, afterwhich, water requirements are low. Needs little to no pruning.

    No serious diseases. Can attract aphids. See UC IPM for treatment options.

  • Master Gardener Comments

    I now have three of these blue spruce in my shrub borders. They are a beautiful blue and look good with the various greens and golds of the other shrubs. They never need pruning and grow very slowly. I have one that is 20 years old and it is only 4 foot high. They have had no pests or diseases worth noting.

  • Varietals

    P. a. Nidiformis - "Birds Nest Spruce", very compact with dark green foliage and grows as a flattened globe, much like a birds nest. Grows very slowly to 3 foot tall.