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PICEA pungens 'Foxtail'
Blue Spruce, Foxtail Colorado Spruce
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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.
8 - 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
30'-50' / 9.1m - 15.2m
10'-20' / 3.0m - 6.1m
Western United States
Pollution, Drought, Salt
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Steel Blue, Silver
Gray Green, Steel Blue, Gray
Feature Plant, Screening / Wind Break
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