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PICEA pungens 'Bakeri'

Image of Picea pungens 'Bakeri'

James H. Schutte

Family

Pinaceae

Botanical Name

PICEA pungens 'Bakeri'

Plant Common Name

Baker Colorado Spruce, Colorado Spruce

General Description

Baker blue spruce is a very slow-growing, narrowly pyramidal evergreen conifer native to the southern Rocky Mountains in the United States. This cultivar has a good blue color across the spread of each branch. Its stiff, prickly needles release a pungent fragrance when crushed.

Baker blue spruce grows best in full sun and moist, well-drained soils that are fertile. It can withstand many stresses, including drought, pollution, salt and wind. In full sun the form will be a tall and narrow pyramid, and a big shorter and fatter in its conical shape if in more shade. Use it as a specimen in urban yards where the larger growing Colorado blue spruce will become too tall and large.

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

    12'-20' / 3.7m - 6.1m (18)

  • Width

    6'-10' / 1.8m - 3.0m (8)

  • Native To

    Western United States

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • 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, Gray 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, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Screening / Wind Break

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    Yes

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No