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PICEA pungens 'Montgomery'
Blue Spruce, Montgomery Blue Spruce
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Colorado spruce is a medium to large pyramidal evergreen conifer native to the southern Rocky Mountains in the western United States. Selection 'Montgomery' dates to 1949 when it was obtained by R. H. Montgomery of Coscob, Connecticut and donated to the New York Botanical Garden. It is a dwarf, compact, broadly pyramidal shrub with a rigid, horizantal branching shape. Its silvery light blue needles are sharp and pungent when crushed.
The Montgomery blue spruce grows best in full sun and well-drained soil that is fertile and moist. It can withstand many stresses, including drought, pollution, salt and wind. Use 'Montgomery' in the rock garden, foundation planting, or mixed border. Its small mature size makes it exceptional for typical garden use with little need for pruning if situated properly. It has a slightly faster growing pace than others.
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
6'-8' / 1.8m - 2.4m
10'-11' / 3.0m - 3.4m
Western United States
Pollution, Drought, Salt
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Blue Green, Steel Blue, Silver
Gray Green, Steel Blue, Silver, Gray
Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall
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