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PICEA pungens 'Baby Blue Eyes'

Image of Picea pungens 'Baby Blue Eyes'

James H. Schutte

Family

Pinaceae

Botanical Name

PICEA pungens 'Baby Blue Eyes'

Plant Common Name

Baby Blue Eyes Spruce, Dwarf Blue Spruce, Dwarf Colorado Spruce

Special Notice

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General Description

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.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    2 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17

  • Plant Type

    Needled or Scaled Evergreen

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    10'-15' / 3.0m - 4.6m

  • Width

    8'-10' / 2.4m - 3.0m

  • Native To

    Western United States

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Very Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Pyramidal

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Blue Green, Steel Blue

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Blue Green, Steel Blue

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Blue Green, Steel Blue

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Blue Green, Steel Blue

  • Bark Color

    Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Fissured

  • Usage

    Alpine, Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No