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James H. Schutte
PICEA pungens 'Baby Blue Eyes'
Baby Blue Eyes Spruce, Dwarf Blue Spruce, Dwarf Colorado Spruce
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This super cold hardy evergreen 'Baby Blue Eyes' may be the only true dwarf blue spruce on the market today. The parent species is the Colorado spruce tree native to higher elevations of the Rockies, and is world famous for its beautiful blue foliage. Within its range the winters are very cold and dry, making this species quite drought tolerant. This dwarf produces a clear pyramidal form of fine branches covered with scaly purple tinged gray bark. Short, four sided dark blue-gray needles are sharp, stiff and densely held to produce an attractive form.
Dwarf spruce is exceptional planted in borders, lawns or in naturalistic rock gardens. Provide an open location with full sun and protection from drying winter winds, which can burn or discolor the foliage and cause spotty die out. In the wild this spruce thrives in thin, acidic well-drained mountain soils making an ideal choice for foothill and mountain communities. Use ‘Baby Blue Eyes’ in the landscape as a focal point plant or where its soft color becomes a valuable contrast hue. Group with other arid plants from mountain regions or intermixed in a shrub border or large foundation bed.
7 - 1
2 - 8
A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17
Needled or Scaled Evergreen
Full Sun, Partial Sun
10'-15' / 3.0m - 4.6m
8'-10' / 2.4m - 3.0m
Western United States
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Pollution, Drought, Salt
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Green, Blue Green, Steel Blue
Blue Green, Steel Blue
Alpine, Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall
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