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PICEA pungens 'Foxtail'

Image of Picea pungens 'Foxtail'

Family

Pinaceae

Botanical Name

PICEA pungens 'Foxtail'

Plant Common Name

Blue Spruce, Foxtail Colorado Spruce

Special Notice

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General Description

The Foxtail blue spruce is a medium-sized pyramidal evergreen conifer native to the southern Rocky Mountains in the western United States. The pungent needles are pale silvery blue held on stiff branches that are ascending from the trunk. Grasp the needles and you'll be unpleasantly prickled. The mature form is a handsome pyramid, with branch tips having slightly shorter needles, making them resemble a fox's tail. It is a slow-growing plant and also called 'Iseli Foxtail'.

Foxtail blue spruce grows its finest in full sun and well-drained fertile soil. A moist fertile soil is ideal, but it can withstand many stresses, including drought, pollution, salt and wind. Although not normally well-suited to hot summer regions, 'Foxtail' has a better tolerance for summer heat and humidity than other blue spruce cultivars. Use it as a specimen in a spacious lawn, or as a screen or windbreak.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 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

    30'-50' / 9.1m - 15.2m

  • Width

    10'-20' / 3.0m - 6.1m

  • Native To

    Western United States

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Drought, Salt

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Pyramidal

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Steel Blue, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Steel Blue, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Steel Blue, Silver

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Gray Green, Steel Blue, Gray

  • 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

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Fissured

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Screening / Wind Break

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No