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PICEA pungens 'Cesarini'

Image of Picea pungens 'Cesarini'

Mark A. Miller

Family

Pinaceae

Botanical Name

PICEA pungens 'Cesarini'

Plant Common Name

Blue Spruce, Mrs. Cesarini Blue Spruce

Special Notice

This entry has yet to be reviewed and approved by L2G editors.

General Description

The 'Cesarini' blue spruce is a small evergreen conifer shrub with a flat-topped, round habit. Blue spruce is native to the southern Rocky Mountains in the western United States. This dwarf cultivar originated with Joe Cesarini on Long Island, New York. The pungent needles, which arise from numerous new growth buds on the dense branches, are bright green. These stiff needles, when grasped, result in a sharp prickling.

More commonly called the Mrs. Cesarini blue spruce, it's best grown in full sun and an acidic, moist, well-drained soil. It can withstand many stresses, including drought, pollution, salt and wind. It is a rather slow-growing spruce but is not a particularly good choice to grow in hot, humid summer climates. Use it as a foundation specimen, in a rock garden or incorporated among shrubs and perennials in a mixed border.

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

    2'-4' / 0.6m - 1.2m

  • Width

    3'-5' / 0.9m - 1.5m

  • 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

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green, Sea Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Lime Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • 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

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Fissured

  • Usage

    Container, Foundation, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No